SAN PEDRO (CBSLA.com) — A man died Saturday morning while trying to save a teen boy knocked by a wave into the ocean.
Firefighters, lifeguards and paramedics were called to 3949 Stephen M. White Drive, near the Cabrillo Beach Pier, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The incident began when a 41-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy were standing on a break-wall, a rocky jetty that is prohibited to public access.
Witnesses say there was high tide and heavy surf.
At around 7 a.m., a wave pushed them into the ocean.
The 41-year-old man managed to pull himself out of the water but the 14-year-old boy found himself struggling to get out.
A 35-year-old man nearby came over to help and managed to push the boy back toward the break-wall. Authorities say that the Good Samaritan was unable to get out of the water safely.
Another bystander pulled the 35-year-old man out of the water and a nearby fisherman administered CPR.
The fisherman told CBS2/KCAL9 reporter Joy Benedict that the Good Samaritan was unconscious and unresponsive. Paramedics transported the victim to a hospital and he was pronounced dead.
“Attempting to help…somebody that’s struggling is always a very dangerous situation. He either ingested a lot of water or hit his head,” Lt. Mike Capodanno of the L.A. Port Police told KNX1070 Newsradio.