MOSS LANDING — A 61-year-old surfer died Friday in spite of a dramatic rescue by fellow surfers and firefighters at Moss Landing jetty.
He was declared dead at Watsonville Community Hospital, according to the Santa Cruz County Coroner's Office.
The man, whose name has not been released, was surfing near the north jetty about 9:30 a.m. when at least two other surfers saw him unconscious in the water, said North County Fire Division Chief Joseph Pastore.
During one of the highest tides of the year, the waves were about 4-5 feet and the water was about 57 degrees, according to Surfline.com.
Two surfers brought the man up on the jetty's rocks and performed CPR on him. Someone called 911 about 9:35 am., Pastore said.
Firefighters arrived and initially had trouble reaching the man because of waves and slippery rocks on the jetty, said Pastore.
Authorities performed CPR then transported him off the rocks to an ambulance.
Authorities also helped another surfer warm up after the rescue.
"It was really cold out there," Pastore said.
The Coroner's Office expected autopsy results Saturday. Firefighters have not said where the man lived.
Pastore said the surfers did the right thing.
"The citizens did an outstanding job. The surfers were watching out for each other and I'm glad they were there," said Pastore.
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