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DP logoA man had to be pulled from the water at Doheny State Beach on Thursday afternoon after suffering from a medical issue, California State Parks and Recreation officials said.

Todd Lewis, Superintendent at the California State Parks and Recreation Orange Coast District, said a swimmer had a medical issue in the water, which led to a water emergency between 3:30-4 p.m.

“He ended up face down in the water,” Lewis said.

Lewis said there were staff on the beach from the Jr. Lifeguard Program, and lifeguards on duty who witnessed what happened.

“We had a lot of resources that were able to respond very quickly,” Lewis said. “He was removed from the water, the staff performed CPR and he received prompt medical care.”

Toni Fell, a visitor to the area, saw the man being pulled from the water and went over to and started to do CPR on the man along with the lifeguards.

“I’m a nurse, and I went over there and he was completely blue,” Fell said.

Lewis said the man was taken off the grounds by the medics. He said the last report they heard was that the man was doing well.


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  • I was next to the life guard tower.The young lifeguard girl sprung off the tower immediately. She swam out & got him with the help of another. I’m glad he’s alright.
    Kudos to the lifeguard girl! Good Job! You should be proud!
    Jack Cowles
    San Diego

  • He was not a swimmer. He had his board leashed when I turned him over n started to pull him out. It became tangled up with mine in the process of pulling him out. When the guards and others came, one of them unleashed it, but i grabbed it along with one of the guard’s floatation n placed them on the sand close to them.

    It was a white board, maybe 6’6″-6’7″. I hope they didn’t just leave that board on the sand, if they thought he was just a swimmer. If they did, I’m sure he would want it back n I hope if anyone picked it up, they would return his board to him.

  • Minor inaccuracy – Lifeguard never spotted the surfer until the man was pulled close to the beach by another surfer (the man was not a swimmer – still had board leash attached to his ankle).
    The man screamed and quickly went under. Thank God for the nearby heroic surfer who pulled him in and rescue effort was later joined by lifeguards.
    I was in arm reach from the man – unfortunately, I didn’t react and didn’t know what to do – just froze! SORRY!
    Glad to hear the man is doing well. Thank God for the nearby heroic surfer and lifeguards!
    HEROIC Surfer’s name remains anonymous – thank you if you are reading this!

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