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SONOMA COUNTY, CA - An Auburn woman who drowned at Portuguese Beach on the Sonoma County coast on Thursday was identified Monday as Cynthia Alta Watkins-Becker, 51.

Watkins-Becker and her boyfriend were walking two pug dogs along Portuguese Beach when one of the dogs was swept into the surf, sheriff's Sgt. Dave Thompson said.

Watkins-Becker tried to save the dog and was also dragged into the water, Thompson said. A passerby summoned California State Parks rangers. The boyfriend, a State Parks ranger and another person were able to get Watkins-Becker back to shore, but she had been in the cold water for about 20-25 minutes, Thompson said.

State Parks personnel gave Watkins-Becker CPR before a Sonoma County sheriff's helicopter arrived. The helicopter crew used a long line to lift her to the top of a nearby bluff but she was pronounced dead at the scene, Thompson said.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday, a spokeswoman for the Sonoma County coroner's office said.

The dog perished and washed ashore, he said.

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