UPDATE: Boogie Boarder identified as 62 year old Vernon Taniguchi. Could be a local.
The Medical Examiner reported that the man pulled from the surf at Dog Beach on Sunday who later died is Vernon Taniguchi from San Diego.
We cannot be completely positive about whether the victim is Vernon Taniguchi of Point Loma, of Worden Street.
So the 62 year old who met his end Sunday very well could be a local. The deceased is Japanese-American and his next of kin have been notified.
What caused him to pass out in the water is still not known.
A surfer found Taniguchi unconscious and floating offshore from the western end of Voltaire Street – Dog Beach – about 6 p.m. Sunday and pulled him to shore, according to the county Medical Examiner’s Office.
A reader named “Don” who commented on our earlier article stated that he was one of 4 or 5 people who helped pull Taniguchi to shore.
There were actually 4 or 5 people pulling the man to shore, myself included, using the board to help get him in. One of them was another surfer who was the one initially trying to bring him to shore. The man on the boogieboard was wearing some shop goggles with shoelaces tied on them. Makes me wonder if he was out there looking at sea life and not boogieboarding. He was also wearing fins and a wetsuit. The SD fire & rescue/Lifeguards arrived quickly and did a tremendous job trying to save this man.