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DPlogoBy Allison Jarrell

The body of an Arizona man was found floating in the surf off of Strand Beach on Dec. 23., according to local authorities.

Rocky Farber, 49, of St. Johns, Arizona, had been swimming in the ocean at Dana Point’s Strand Beach when the incident occurred, said Lt. Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said Farber had left his female companion at the beach and went swimming alone in a wetsuit and fins. OCFA received a call around 2:20 p.m. alerting them of the body and immediately notified OC Lifeguards. An OCFA helicopter was requested for the possible extraction of the patient.

Firefighter paramedics and lifeguards were on scene when Farber’s body was discovered near the rocks at the far south end of Strand Beach. Concialdi said because the body was difficult to extract from the rocks, OCFA’s helicopter flew over the area and inserted a Stokes basket and two swimmers who worked together with OC Lifeguards to carefully place Farber’s body in the basket.

“Within an hour, about 3:30 p.m., the victim was carefully flown to the beach and turned over to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the coroner,” Concialdi said.

Hallock said Farber was pronounced dead at the scene. Coroner officials estimated his death occurred at 2:15 p.m.

The cause of Farber’s death is pending toxicology and investigation, Hallock said.

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