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Newport Beach Tourist Drowns in Riptide

May 05, 1999

NEWPORT BEACH — A 29-year-old tourist died Tuesday in the surf at Newport Beach, and a friend who tried to rescue him was hospitalized in fair condition, authorities said.

Yasoda Narahaki of Worcester, Mass., apparently was caught in a strong rip current and was about 500 feet from shore when he was found floating face-down in the surf.

The friend, Dhakta Balla, in his late 20s, foundered when he attempted a rescue. Lifeguards pulled Narahaki and Balla from the water.

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