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    Arunay Pruthi (12) died after being swept out to sea near Half Moon Bay, CA

    HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (KGO) -- Crews are searching for a 12-year-old boy who was swept into the ocean at Cowell Ranch State Beach in Half Moon Bay on Monday.

    CAL FIRE CZU officials say an adult and the teenager were standing on the beach when they were swept in by a wave.

    The adult was washed back to the shore and is getting checked by medical officials.

    San Mateo County Sheriff says the teen is from Fremont and officials are using all available boats, helicopters, drones & visual observers to search for the boy.

    Stay with ABC7 News for the latest details on this developing story.

    Rescue Operations are under way.

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    HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (KGO) -- The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a 12-year-old boy who was swept out to sea Monday. They will begin searching again in the morning.

    The boy was swept into the ocean at Cowell Ranch State Beach in Half Moon Bay. The boy's father and 8-year-old brother were also swept into the water but they were able to get out.

    Rescue crews worked into the darkness and nighttime hours in search of Arunay Pruthi of Fremont.

    His father provided us a picture in hopes that someone might have seen him.

    Boats and helicopters were used to try and locate the boy.

    "We're going to keep looking as long as we can," said supervising ranger Barbara Morris.

    Initial responders could actually see the 12-year-old from a cliff seconds after they arrived.

    "They saw a boy in the water about a hundred yards out and they lost sight of him, he unfortunately went under, and he has not been seen since," says Cecile Juliette of San Mateo County Fire.

    Those officials say Arunay was sitting on the sand when a wave swept him, his father, and 8-year-old brother into the ocean. His father and brother were able to get out.

    Witnesses say the waves were strong.

    "The surf was really high it was actually kind of more like giant waves one after the other, like a washing machine as if you were in the water," said Lauren Roberge who described the chaotic scene from her location on the other side of the beach.

    Monday night Arunay's heartbroken father could barely make out his words, telling us that he is hopeful the search continues until his son is found. Officials are attempting to do just that but, in the morning, when there is light.

    "The biggest challenge at night is the lack of light. It's just really dark out there and you can't see really well," said Morris.
    Arunay Pruthi (12) is reported as the victim named in the missing persons search off Half Moon Bay, CA.

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    HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (KRON) — The U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday suspended the search for a 12-year-old boy who was swept out to sea by dangerous waves at Cowell Ranch Beach.

    Tarun Pruthi, the father of missing Arunay Pruthi, says they came out to the beach because of the beautiful weather, which also coincided with a High Surf Advisory.

    He said it all happened very quickly.

    The East Bay kids — Arunay and his 8-year-old brother — started drowning, according to witnesses, when their father rushed to the waters.

    “The waves were so big… they threw me around for a little while. I could just barely make it,” said Tarun.

    He and his younger son were able to escape, but Arunay could not.

    Authorities on Monday used thermal imaging to locate the boy until after midnight. The Coast Guard suspended the search when they were no longer confident they would find him alive.

    The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, fire department and California Highway Patrol all assisted in the search.

    The family from Fremont is not giving up, however. “He was very athletic he could swim really well, better than me at least,” said Tarun.

    They made missing flyers and have launched a Facebook group trying to get volunteers to help search the coastline, an effort the coast guard is cautioning against.

    “The conditions are very hazardous. It’s been a hazardous couple of weeks and these high surf conditions. There have been numerous cases of the people have been swept off the rocks and swept into the beaches like this. So asking a lot of volunteers to come down and come the beaches could put more people in harms way,” the coast guard officer said.

    Since December 30, seven people have been swept out to sea in this sector, which ranges from the central coast to Fort Bragg. The Coast Guard advises that people not enter or even approach the waves during high surf conditions, and never turn your back on the ocean.

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    I hate to tell them, but after this long he's gone and I doubt they will even find a body. It's very sad, but I feel like this money could be better used in other ways.

    A $50,000 reward is being offered to help find a missing 12-year-old Fremont boy swept out to sea. Arunay Pruthi was caught by dangerous surf at Cowell Ranch State Beach south of Half Moon Bay this week.

    More than 100 volunteers have been scouring nearby beaches for any sign of the 7th grader. In addition to a reward, there's a petition to resume the Coast Guard search and a Gofundme that's raised more than $100,000.

    On Wednesday, classmates of Arunay Pruthi posted reward fliers for any sighting of the missing 12-year-old.

    "I’m here to find my friend because he was really nice and always helped me," said 13-year-old Prisha.

    Arunay was sucked into the ocean by a sneaker wave as he was playing on the beach with his family at Cowell Ranch State Beach on the Martin Luther King holiday. He was last seen 100 yards from shore.

    "We are taking it day by day right now, we have a lot of community volunteers," said Family Friend Kalyan Gummadam.

    "We have people coming from all over the place we have never met," said Family Friend Samya Dassarma.

    Searchers are combing neighboring beaches on foot. From the air, a private helicopter is scouring the vast Pacific Ocean. Drones offered by private citizens are being used when the chopper isn't flying. Volunteers are on jet skis and boats out on the water.

    "We’ve been going into lagoons, tide pools and creeks anywhere there's driftwood," said Family Friend Ozair Usmani. "We’ve been looking. We have not left any spots unchecked up and down the coast for about 20 miles."

    A Gofundme has been set up to help pay for the search and $115,000 has been raised in two days.

    More than 50,000 signatures on a petition for more help from the Coast Guard.

    "He was very caring, very loving to his younger brother, that's why it breaks your heart," said Usmani.

    Arunay is a 7th grader at Basis Independent School in Fremont. Counselors are on hand for student and staff.

    In a statement the school writing, "Arunay is a passionate student, trusted friend, and enthusiastic classmate."

    He is also a strong swimmer who loves soccer. Barcelona is his favorite. He plays for the Fremont Youth Soccer Club.

    "You could say the star, he's probably the best on the team," said Teammate Leonardo Ramirez.

    His fellow teammates finding it difficult to comprehend, no easy way to process it.

    "I’ve heard stories like this but it's so surreal I just can't believe it's actually going on," said Ramirez.

    The family doing all they can to have closure.

    "Everybody’s broken down, these things are not supposed to happen," said Uncle Arvind Pruthi.

    Searchers received a break in the weather on Wednesday. After very strong winds this week, the seas were calm and visibility was much better. The family is thankful for the all the support they've received.

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