44-year-old San Carlos woman identified as drowning victim 

A woman who died after being swept underwater by a wave at Sharp Park Beach in Pacifica this afternoon has been identified by the San Mateo County coroner's office as 44-year-old San Carlos resident Grelia Smith.

Shortly before 1:45 p.m., Pacifica police officers and members of the North County Fire Department responded to a report of a possible drowning.

Arriving officers found Smith floating face down in the water about 35 feet from shore, Pacifica police said.

Smith was pulled from the water by two members of the fire department. She was taken to Seton Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time later, according to police.

After talking with family members and witnesses at the scene, investigators determined Smith had entered the water to rescue one of her dogs and was knocked down by a large wave and swept away from the beach.

Family members and witnesses were unable to reach her in the heavy surf.

The dog was able to swim back to shore, police said.

Smith drowned in the same area where a 44-year-old man is presumed to have drowned less than two weeks ago.

On March 18, Richard Serrano Jr. entered the waters off Sharp Park Beach and was knocked down by several waves. He never resurfaced and his body has not been found.

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