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Man who died in San Pedro harbor was trying to rescue others

November 30, 2013|By David Zahniser
  • Police and emergency officials stand on a Cabrillo Beach breakwater after a man drowned while trying to rescue two people who had been knocked into the water by a wave.
Police and emergency officials stand on a Cabrillo Beach breakwater after… (Michael Czako )

A 36-year-old man who died Saturday after being pulled from the water in San Pedro was trying to help others who were swept into the water, officials with the Port of Los Angeles Police Department said.

Initial reports indicated as many as three people had been knocked off the Cabrillo Beach breakwater by a wave, but Port Police Lt. Michael Capodanno said the man who died was one of several who attempted to help after a man and a boy were swept away from the breakwater.

He "jumped into the water to render aid and has subsequently died as a result of his efforts," Capodanno said.

Port police, county lifeguards and rescuers with the Los Angeles Fire Department responded at around 6:30 a.m. after being informed that a wave had swept a 14-year-old boy and a 49-year-old man from the breakwater. The 36-year-old "ended up helping the boy get out of the water, pushing him to the side," Capodanno said.

The 49-year-old man, who had taken the boy fishing, made his way out of the water, Capodanno said. Both he and the boy have been released from the hospital.


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