Boogie Boarder Dies in Big Waves Friday by Lighthouse Point

Witnesses watched in horror as the man was thrown into the rocks

A boogie boarder who got caught in the "Toilet Bowl" by Lighthouse Point died Friday at 5 p.m. after he was smashed against the rocks in high surf.

Witnesses told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that lifeguards asked the man if he needed help, but he declined and continued in rough surf. But then he was pulled into the rocks. 

After two attempts, rescue swimmers and lifeguards on Personal Water Craft from the Santa Cruz Fire Department got hold of the man and took him to Cowells Beach, where he was given life support. He was taken to Dominican Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

Johnny at the Harbor January 26, 2014 at 10:08 AM
Nobody in their right mind would boogie board by the lighthouse, even in good conditions...It only takes one rogue wave to slap you hard on the rocks..Sorry for the loss of life...but some people think they are invincible...Johnny at the Harbor Making sense
Jonbie January 27, 2014 at 12:57 PM
Go big or go home.


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