Santa Cruz, CA…On May 16th at 1802 hours, The Santa Cruz Fire Department along with The Santa Cruz Police Department and Harbor Patrol, responded to a report of a water rescue at Santa Cruz Main Beach. The incident location was updated as the area in front of the River Mouth. 1 male adult and 2 children ages 6 and 12, had been swept out into the ocean and were approximately 200 hundred yards off shore.
Tragically, the adult male succumbed to his injuries. The children were last known to be at the hospital, in good condition and undergoing an evaluation.
A fire department rescue swimmer/paramedic was treated at the hospital and ultimately admitted overnight for an extended observation period. At the time of this writing, that individual is in good health and has been discharged.
With summer months ahead, and Memorial Day fast approaching, the Santa Cruz Fire Department wants to remind everyone of the dangers the ocean can present. Please proceed with caution and contact a Lifeguard if you have questions regarding ocean conditions.