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Surfer dies at Malibu, cause of death investigated

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 August, 2014 - Meteorologists with the National Weather Service said the hurricane, now reduced to a tropical storm, continued swirling more than 800 miles southwest of Los Angeles over the eastern Pacific Ocean late Thursday, but was weakening. And although waves continued to soar as high as 25 feet at the Wedge in Newport Beach, most were reported to be half the size they were the day before.

About 300 people were rescued along Los Angeles County's 72 miles of beaches Tuesday and Wednesday, and an equal number were pulled from the waves in Orange County. Late Thursday, the Los Angeles County coroner's office identified the male surfer who died Tuesday near Malibu Pier as Silverio Laconsay, 54, of Los Angeles. His cause of death was not immediately determined.

The massive surf sent the historic Cove House training building crumbling to the shore at Point Mugu State Park. It washed away a 25-foot section of breakwater protecting the Anaheim Bay in Seal Beach. Pilings at the Malibu Pier were swept into the ocean, and cargo operations had to be temporarily halted at the Port of Long Beach on Wednesday.


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