Standup Paddler Drowns In Huntington Harbor

A standup paddler drowned in California’s Huntington Harbor on Tuesday despite resuscitation attempts by local firefighters and lifeguards. The paddler was not wearing a PFD and did not know how to swim, according to NBC Los Angeles.

Jose Luis Mendoza, a 26-year-old from Lakewood, California had rented SUPs with his brother for the afternoon and was out for paddle when he fell off and was separated from his board. Rescue workers searched the water for 25 minutes in murky water before finding Mendoza and immediately began resuscitation efforts, Huntington Beach Fire Department Captain Steve Teasdale told NBC.

At 5:04 p.m. he was pronounced dead by the Orange County coroner's department.

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