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Friday, September 26, 2014

Second Ocean Beach Swimmer Dies

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Very sad news today. Medical authorities said this morning that the second swimmer who was pulled from the waves at Ocean Beach Wednesday has died. 

Jose Garcia Jr., 24, died yesterday a day  after his father, 47-year-old Jose Garcia, a Turlock resident was pronounced dead at the beach. Both father and son were rescued from the waves after being pulled under by riptides. Initial reports say the two were surfers, however, the Medical Examiner's Officer confirmed that they were swimming not surfing. 
The family was swimming near the Beach Chalet at about 3:45 p.m. when they became distressed. Both were reportedly wearing wetsuits when the waves knocked them unconscious. A surfer reportedly brought the younger Garcia to Stairwell 20 where paramedics attempted CPR. The elder Garcia was spotted 30 feet in the surf; swimmers went out to get him. 

He died at the scene. Here's some footage from the beach.

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