on Sunday morning. I heard the sirens. She was from Renton. I don't know the details of how she went down. No one does. She had an 8-yr old daughter with her, and it seems like her car was parked too low on the beach, since the waves were lapping at the tires when they found the daughter inside after the decedent's body was found rolling in the surf. This kind of tragedy doesn't have to happen. Even when the surf is small, it is difficult to wade back in once you fall down. I actually prefer to wear a wetsuit when I'm surf fishing. Although we have experienced some brief periods of warmer water this summer, the temp can plummet 5 degees overnight. Assume that its about 51 F. So if someone tell you that the water is warm, don't believe them. Assume that its going to be very cold. It always seems really dangerous to me when I'm wearing waders while casting in the surf. I don't go out beyond knee deep, since a sneaker wave can rear up and knock you down at any moment. Sometimes the bottom mushes or caves away under your feet at just the moment when you really need some good traction. Most of the time, there is a current running parallel to the beach (running from N to S if the wind is from the N or NW, for example). This can pull you sideways and out if you can't get your footing, or are a weak swimmer. I'm a good swimmer and I have difficulty swimming with waders on that are full of water. I might start wearing my Chinook fishing pfd when surf fishing from now on. I am a life-long surfer, an excellent swimmer, well aware of the hazards of wading in the surf, have been surfing regularly all summer, and am in pretty decent shape for a nearly 63 yr old, and still it makes me nervous to wade and fish in the surf here. In my younger days, I used to bodysurf at the Pipeline and all of the other good bodysurfing spots on Oahu, and I still consider myself to be an expert swimmer. Yet I haven't lost any respect for a seemingly benign ocean beach. Shit happens. I'm going surfing today, in a couple of hours, after I digest my lunch. Wish me luck!