UPDATE: Boogie Boarder identified as 62 year old Vernon Taniguchi of San Diego.
Authorities released the name of a 62-year-old man who died for undetermined reasons last weekend while body-boarding off the coast of Ocean Beach.
A surfer found Vernon Taniguchi of San Diego unconscious and floating offshore from the western terminus of Voltaire Street about 6 p.m. Sunday and pulled him to shore, according to the county Medical Examiner’s Office.
An unidentified male boogie boarder was pulled from the surf Sunday, March 3rd, unconscious. He had been spotted off the shore near Voltaire Street in north OB. CPR was administered but to no avail as he died about an hour later.
The county Medical Examiner’s Office is trying to determine his identity.
Just before 7pm, a surfer found the guy, and pulled him to the beach, where a bystander performed CPR on him, before medics arrived. The medics then took the man to UCSD Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:58 p.m., the Medical Examiner’s Office reported.
His name and age were not immediately known.
From County Medical Examiner:
Case Number: 13-00569
Name: Next of kin not notified
DOB: Gender: Male
Place of Death: 200 W. Arbor Drive, San Diego CA
Place of injury: Western terminus of Voltaire Street, San Diego CA
Date/Time of Death: 3/3/2013 6:58:00 PM
Date/Time injury: 3/3/2013 1800
Summary: The decedent was an unidentified male of unknown race and age who on 3/3/2013 was found unresponsive on a boogie board by a surfer in Pacific Beach [sic]. 911 was called and first responders transported the decedent to the hospital with CPR in progress. Despite aggressive resuscitative efforts, he could not be revived and death was pronounced. Identification has not been confirmed and an examination has not yet been scheduled.
Cause of Death/Updated Cause of Death:
Investigating Agency: San Diego Police Next of kin notified? No