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Surfer drowns at Linda Mar Beach

A 60-year-old man drowned at Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica while surfing with his son on Monday, a police captain said.

The Pacifica Police Department, American Medical Response and North County Fire Authority responded to a report of a drowning at the beach around 9:30 a.m. and found the man in a wetsuit lifeless, Pacifica police Capt. Daniel Steidle said.

First responders performed life-saving measures on the victim, but he was pronounced dead after being transported to a hospital, according to Steidle.

Surfers at the beach reported to police that they saw a surfboard fly into the air and shortly thereafter saw the man floating in the water. Surfers then brought the victim to shore and called for help.

The man was surfing with his son, but they were not surfing near each other, Steidle said. His son did not see what happened. Police said the man was a Pacifica resident and are not releasing the victim’s name until his family has been notified of the death, and the San Mateo County coroner’s office is responsible for releasing the name.

The man’s death is under investigation by Pacifica police and the coroner’s office. A call to the coroner’s office was not immediately returned this afternoon.

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