Body of missing Merced County man found at Bay Area beach


Update – The Pacifica Police Department said the body of 28-year-old Tyler Collins from Merced County, who had been reported missing after going into the surf at a beach in Pacifica in the early morning on March 26, 2019, has been recovered.

Police said he was found at approximately 5:40 pm on April 19, 2019, near Fort Funston in San Francisco.

The Park Police and San Francisco Medical Examiner’s office also responded to the scene.

There is no further information for release at this time. 

Three men huddled together at Rockaway beach in Pacifica this morning and watched helplessly as the coast guard searched for their friend. They told police two men in the group decided to go into the water at 3:30 am Tuesday morning.

Capt. Joe Spanheimer, Pacifica police said  “at approximately 4:21 this morning we got a report of a missing swimmer. We had a report that two people went into the water, one person returned, the friend did not. they searched they could not find him they called us.”

Pacifica police called in the coast guard who searched by boat and from up above in a helicopter.

Police say the man who came back to shore said they felt like the water was pulling them under.

Capt. Joe Spanheimer, Pacifica police “you have riptide and dangerous undertow, which is not always visible but makes it difficult to come back to shore even though it may be very close.”

This happened in front of Pacifica’s lighthouse hotel.

Police say the men are visiting the area, but have not said where they are from or why they decided to get into the water.

Capt. Joe Spanheimer, Pacifica police “it’s very rough conditions right now and the longer you stay in the ocean here, hypothermia will set in, but we are gonna try our best.”

The missing swimmer was later identified as 28-year-old Tyler Collins from Merced County.

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