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Surfer drowns in NorCal after colliding with board

Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica © Sophie Burie



Water Safety

Local Pacifica surfer drowns after board hits him 

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 4 November, 2014 - A 60-year-old man drowned Monday morning while surfing in the waters off Linda Mar Beach, officials said.

Pedro Point Surf Club member Tom Ormsby and his son Tyler were surfing medium to large waves just south of Crespi Drive at about 8:45-9 a.m., said Pedro Point Surf Club president Greg Cochran.

"Tom somehow got hit in the head by his own board on a wave he was riding. Speculation is that it knocked him out just long enough for him to take on water in his lungs. A number of local surfers pulled him from the water, minutes after they saw him floating in the waves. It took some time to get Tom into the beach, fighting against a strong rip current and the tides," Cochran said.

Once on the beach, surfers performed CPR and other techniques to try and resuscitate him. A few surfers with medical training also tried to revive him, but without success. When the police, fire department and paramedics arrived 25 minutes later, they, too, tried to revive Ormby for another 25 minutes, Cochran said.

The paramedics loaded him onto a gurney and took him to Seton Medical Center, where he passed away late morning, Cochran said.


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