Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Monday, December 24, 2007 at 05:49:45 :
Thursday, November 7, 1946
Walter Mueting Drowns in Tomales Tragedy
Walter Mueting, 17-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Cassity, of Tomales, was drowned yesterday afternoon about a half mile off the bar at Tomales Bay. Mueting left home on a fishing trip shortly after 6 o’clock Wednesday morning. His companions were Clifford Perry, 36, of Mineral, California; Kenneth Milligan, 33, Seattle, and Ralph Milligan, of Denver, Colo.
The group were at anchor in a 22-foot cabin cruiser when a huge wave covered the boat separating the hull from the bottom of the craft. All four were swept into the water, according to a report in the sheriff’s office.
Kenneth Milligan, closest to the Mueting boy, attempted a rescue but was frustrated by the young man’s frantic struggles. After Mueting failed to reappear, the trio managed to release a life boat from the cruiser and rowed to shore. Then they walked to Dillons Beach and reported the drowning tragedy.
A rescue squad from the Coast Guard had not rescued the body this morning.
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