Family photo of Pruthi Arunay. Photo off Half Moon Bay from Flickr Creative Commons from SurfCrs
The family of a 12-year-old boy this week asked for the public’s help in locating their son swept to sea.
It’s offering a $50,000 reward to anyone who may be able to locate him after rescuers called off the search, reports NBC News.
Authorities say a sneaker wave pulled Pruthi Arunay’s father and eight-year old brother out to sea off the coast of Half Moon Bay near San Francisco.
According to CBS5, Pruthi jumped in to save them. The father and brother both managed to make their way back to shore, but Pruthi has not been seen since.
“When we’re no longer confident that we’re able to rescue a victim alive, we will suspend the search,” US Coast Guard Capt. Howard Wright told CBS5.
A Facebook page set up just three days ago to update concerned friends and family about the search has already gained nearly 4,000 followers. A Go Fund Me page to fund the search effort raised more than $200,000 in the same amount of time.
“We have decided to offer a reward to encourage folks with specialized equipment to help look for him,” the family said in a post.
“He got pulled in because he went to save us,” Pruthi’s father Tarun said. to CBS5 “And he just couldn’t make it back.”
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