Man pulled unconscious from Ocean Beach surf dies
UPDATE 12:30 p.m. April 28: The man who died in a surfing incident at Ocean Beach Wednesday was a surfing instructor who was remembered by his business partner as an exceptional man.
Bay City News reports that Jonathan Luhn, 44, of San Jose was co-owner of Aloha Wave Riders in Santa Cruz. Luhn was identified Thursday as the man found Wednesday afternoon floating in the surf of Ocean Beach.
Luhn and Ewing opened their school in about 2003 to teach young people about ocean safety and the joys of surfing, Ewing said.
“John was an incredible individual–loving and extremely talented,” he said.
He was also a gifted teacher and was well-liked by the surfers at Four Mile Beach north of Santa Cruz, where he was a regular, Ewing said.
“John’s been involved in a couple of saving incidents over the years in the Santa Cruz area,” he added. “He physically pulled people out of the water, saving them from drowning.”
UPDATE 10:20 a.m. April 28: The surfer found in the water at Ocean Beach Wednesday has been identified as Jonathan Luhn, 44, of San Jose.
Bay Area news service Bay City News reports that an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.
Luhn was taken to the UC San Francisco Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday, but the official cause of death might take weeks to determine, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office.
A man pulled unconscious from the waters of Ocean Beach Wednesday afternoon has died.
The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office told the Ocean Beach Bulletin the man was dead but declined to provide any further information because his family had not yet been notified.
A beachgoer reportedly saw the man in the surf about 1 p.m. Wednesday, pulled him out, called 911 and started CPR until the Fire Department arrived.
The man was taken to the hospital at the University of California, San Francisco.
Twitter user @ob_kc, who runs a website featuring a webcam of the north Ocean Beach area in the Richmond District, reported that a person walking a dog found a surfer in the water around Stairwell 5.
“Medic offered he had been knocked out by his board but this is speculative. No board found. Rocks no factor,” @ob_kc later tweeted.
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