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Port Orange Observer Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 3 years ago

Port Orange man dies after being pulled from the ocean

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The man was unresponsive when he was taken to the hospital.

A 65-year-old Port Orange man has died after being pulled from the ocean in Daytona Beach on Sunday, Aug. 20. 

According to the Volusia County Beach Safety incident report, CPR had been performed on the man when he was brought out of the water before EVAC and Fire Rescue was requested. 

A statement from a witness, who was in the water with the victim, indicated the two men were in the water body surfing for about 20 minutes. According to the authority who wrote the report, neither of the men indicated any signs of alcohol consumption. 

The witness told authorities he and the victim had been standing in about two feet of water approximately 50 yards from the shore on a sandbar. According to the report, the witness saw the victim standing and heared him talking before the witness rode a wave partially to shore. The witness told authorities that when he stood up and turned around he saw the victim face down by the sandbar he had just left. 

The witness estimated the victim was face down for no longer than 15 to 30 seconds while he swam back and turned the man over, according to the report. The witness told authorities he saw bleeding from the head of the victim, who was unresponsive. 

The witness cross chest carried the victim to shore and "kept calling for help as he struggled to bring" the victim to shore, according to the incident report. The witness said the victim's face was "blue when he started swimming him in," according to the report. 

Two sisters heard the the man calling from the water and they ran to help, getting the attention of a nearby lifeguard, who assisted in pulling out the victim from the water with the help of other bystanders, according to authorities. The report also shows the lifeguard noticed a large abrasion on the victim's head as well. 

According to authorities, yellow and purple beach condition flags were flying that day, which means medium hazard, moderate surf and/or currents as well as dangerous marine life. 

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