Man Swept Out To Sea While Taking Photos Of Tsunami Waves

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SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — A tsunami stemming from a devastating earthquake in Japan has swept at least five people watching the waves out to sea and ripped docks out of harbors in California, with one man still missing late Friday afternoon.

Coast Guard Lieutenant Todd Warrencamp tells KNX 1070 this kind of thing happens “fairly regularly” near the rugged Northern California coast.

Coast Guard helicopters searched for him near the mouth of the Klamath River in Del Norte County, Calif., but called his chances of survival slim in the cold, rough ocean.

Authorities say the waves have cost millions of dollars of damage in harbors.

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