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Swimmer Dies at Sunset Beach

June 01, 2004|From a Times Staff Writer

A 34-year-old Downey man apparently drowned Monday afternoon while swimming off Sunset Beach, authorities reported.

Lifeguards said the swimmer was pulled from the surf in cardiac arrest about 3 p.m. near 5th Street.

Supervising Deputy Coroner Joseph Luckey said that Raul Lara was pronounced dead about 4 p.m. at Huntington Beach Hospital. An autopsy is pending.

The swell was 2 to 3 feet, and rip currents were present, said Jason Young, director of U.S. Ocean Safety, a private company that provides Orange County with lifeguard services at Sunset Beach.

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From a Times Staff Writer

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