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Local boogie boarder dies in Santa Cruz

A boogie boarder who died after being pulled from the ocean in Santa Cruz on Friday has been identified as James Zenk, 47, of Mountain View, according county coroner's office.

Shortly before 5 p.m. on Friday, witnesses alerted emergency crews to a man in distress in the water at a popular surfing location near Lighthouse Point, according to Santa Cruz fire Battalion Chief Rob Young.

Zenk was caught in dangerous waters situated between rocks and the mainland, Young said.

Three rescue swimmers entered the water from the cliffs above the boarder while two rescue swimmers arrived in rescue boats,according to Young.

Zenk was rescued by the swimmers and taken to shore, Young said.

He was then transported to Dominican Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Two rescue swimmers were treated for injuries and released, Young said.

The Santa Cruz Fire Department is urging the community to be aware of ocean conditions prior to entering the water and be prepared for changes.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Mr. Mr.
a resident of Bailey Park
on Jan 27, 2014 at 3:10 pm

I happened to be at that location when the attempted rescue was taking place. Gotta give those lifeguards credit for risking their own life's in such treacherous conditions.


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Posted by jeffreyp
a resident of Gemello
on Jan 28, 2014 at 8:47 am

Surfing is a dangerous sport and people who love doing it need to be aware of that consciously every time they are out there. They should definitely heed the warning if they love their life more than the sport/hobby of surfing. I feel sorry for the family who lost this young man. It is hard to lose someone at that age. RIP, Surfer Zenk. condolences to their family.


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