Ocean Swimmer Dies



A 21-year-old from Tulare died yesterday afternoon after being rescued from the ocean off of Samoa Beach, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. Matthew Bryant Garcia had gone swimming with a friend, and disappeared in the surf, says the release.

A passerby called 911 at about 4:30 p.m. In two minutes rescuers were on the scene By 4:50 p.m. a United States Coast Guard helicopter had spotted the man 30 yards offshore "but was unable to attempt a rescue."

"Three Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies and a Samoa fireman were directed to the drowning man’s location by the U.S.C.G., helicopter where they waded several feet deep into the surf and pulled the man to shore," says the release. "After they pulled the man to shore, City Ambulance and Samoa Fire started CPR. The man was loaded into the back of a Sheriff’s Office Jeep and driven to the roadway. He was then loaded into the ambulance and transported to the hospital. The man had a pulse at the time he was transported to the hospital."

Garcia died at the hospital.

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