Good Samaritan drowns trying to save California teen, man swept into ocean

Posted at 5:42 PM, Nov 30, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-30 19:42:25-05

By Ray Sanchez


(CNN) — A Good Samaritan died Saturday while trying a save two people who had been swept into the Pacific Ocean in San Pedro, California, authorities said.

The 36-year-old victim, whose name was not released, was one of several people who jumped into the waters near the Cabrillo Beach breakwater after the teen and a 49-year-old man were swept into the ocean, Los Angeles Port Police Lt. Michael Capodanno said in a statement.

Authorities responded to a 6:35 a.m. call that three people had been swept into the water at the breakwater, a popular gathering spot for fishing and taking pictures, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. San Pedro is about 25 miles south of Los Angeles.

The 49-year-old man made his way out of the water on his own. The 14-year-old was pulled from the water by divers and transported to a hospital. Humphrey said it appears the two had been fishing on the breakwater.

The 36-year-old victim had no pulse and was not breathing when fire department divers pulled him from the water, Humphrey said. Rescuers performed CPR as they transported him to Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

Capodanno said both the 49-year-old and the teen were in “good health” and released from the hospital.

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