Surfer dies off Men­do­cino County coast

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - — Randi Ross­mann, The Press Demo­crat, Santa Rosa

Surf­ing Sun­day in Men­do­cino County turned deadly for a Philo man, found float­ing in the wa­ter off a pop­u­lar Point Arena surf­ing cove, ac­cord­ing to the Men­do­cino County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

Don­ald Har­ris, 58, had gone to Point Arena Cove early Sun­day morn­ing and headed into the wa­ter. He pad­dled out about 100 yards and told an­other surfer he wanted to go out fur­ther, sher­iff’s Lt. Shan­non Barney said Mon­day.

Af­ter about five min­utes the man hadn’t come in.

“An­other surfer pad­dled out to check on him and found him float­ing in the wa­ter with his surf­board next to him. He brought him in to shore and be­gan CPR,” Barney said.

Fire­fight­ers and other emer­gency per­son­nel were called just af­ter 8:30 a.m. about a surfer in dis­tress. Ar­riv­ing paramedics took over CPR but the man couldn’t be re­vived and he was pro­nounced dead at 9:21 a.m.

A re­port on so­cial me­dia of a kayaker in trou­ble in the same area turned out to be the surfer, Barney said.

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