High surf in Southern California produced by Hurricane Marie this week was blamed for the loss of a surfer who drowned Tuesday morning at Malibu’s First Point around 11:30am, August 26th, 2014. A heart attack is now thought to be the cause of death. Reports confirm the man was in his mid-40’s and lifeguards had warned him that the difficult surf was too dangerous for inexperienced surfers.
An unconscious body was spotted after the man had drowned, with witnesses reporting seeing the man struggle to paddle out for 15 minutes or so.
“We responded to an unconscious person in the water,” Lifeguard Captain Tim McNulty told The Malibu Times. McNulty confirmed that the victim remained unresponsive after lifeguards and other emergency responders attempted to resuscitate him.
The high surf at south-facing spots has produced the swell of the summer. However, it is very dangerous when you are over your head. Pro surfers like Laird Hamilton and Allen Sarlo were even shooting the pier, scoring long rides in front of a beach crowd hooting and hollering.
Conditions reached 10-12ft + by the evening with occasional 14′ sets.
National Weather Service issued high surf advisories Monday, which warn that storm conditions from Hurricane Marie will create swells on Malibu’s south-facing beaches to increase throughout Tuesday and peak late Tuesday night.