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Man, 66, dies at Zuma Beach

Chris Bashaw, Assistant Editor
10:56 am PDT July 8, 2014

A 66-year-old man was pronounced dead at Zuma Beach at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Monday, July 7, according to the Los Angeles County Lifeguards.

Although initially reported by various media outlets as a drowning, LAC Lifeguards Captain Captain Dan Murphy, who was at the scene, clarified that the man collapsed by the water’s edge as a result of an unknown medical complication.

 “A bystander saw him on the beach and he appeared to have had a medical emergency on the beach,” Murphy said, emphasizing that the man did not drown, but was “washed in” by strong waves.

Lifeguards responded to the scene at approximately 3 p.m. and CPR was performed on the man approximately one minute after the incident was reported.

Murphy said the man was breathing and his heart was beating while CPR was being performed, but he ultimately died at the scene.

Captain Tim McNulty of the LAC Lifeguarda said a coroner was expected to investigate the nature of the man’s medical complication, which was unknown to lifeguards at the time of the incident.