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 Betreff des Beitrags: Surfer stirbt bei "Ocean Beach", San Francisco, CA
BeitragVerfasst: 23.01.2006, 12:50 
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Hi,

gestern hat es bei Ocean Beach in San Francisco einen Surfer erwicht. Der Mann wurde Tod im Wasser gefunden. Wie er gestorben ist, ist zur Zeit noch Unklar. "Ocean Beach" ist der groesste Strand quasi direkt in San-Francisco und dafuer bekannt das er, gerade bei groessrerem Swell sehr gefaehrliche Stroemungen (Rip-Currents) produzieren kann.

Ich war zwar schon oefter bei Ocean-Beach aber habe den Strand nie wirklich gut laufen sehen so das ich dort noch nie draussen war.

Hier eine Kopie des Zeitungsartikels zu dem Vorfall:

San Francisco Chronicle:

A man died in powerful surf at San Francisco's Ocean Beach Sunday morning.

Authorities are still trying to identify the man, who was pronounced dead shortly after 11 a.m. at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. A longtime lifeguard described Sunday as deceptively beautiful, saying Ocean Beach is always treacherous.

"This is a dangerous day," said Sean Scallan, 43, who works for the National Park Service Beach Safety Patrol and has surfed Ocean Beach for more than 30 years. "There are waves that are dangerous with lots of current."

He said, however, that Sunday was one of the better surfing days this winter, and many other surfers continued to enjoy the surf.

Numerous beachgoers had seen something floating in the water but dismissed it as trash or a dead sea lion.

This reporter, who was sitting with her family 15 yards from the water's edge at the foot of Sloat Boulevard, initially thought the object was a log but soon realized it was a person. As she and her husband dragged the body out by the arms, several other people came running to help.

John Bowling, a nurse at the Veterans Association Medical Center at Fort Miley who also had been surfing, attempted with another man to resuscitate the surfer until ambulance crews arrived."I heard a shout from the cliff ... and ran down," he said in a shaking voice.

It was unclear whether the surfer's board had hit his head or he had been sucked under or slammed down by the powerful waves.

Scallan said the last drowning at this part of Ocean Beach was roughly four years ago. Drowning statistics for the entire beach were not available Sunday, said Rich Weideman, a spokesman with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. He believes this was the first surfer to drown in 2006.

"The challenge with Ocean Beach is the rip tide," Weideman said.

After a spate of drownings five or six years ago, the National Park Service began to focus from spring to fall on the portion of the beach that runs from Sloat Boulevard north to the Cliff House, he said. Patrollers warn swimmers and surfers about the dangers of the rip tide and carry oxygen, a first aid kit and a radio.

Surfers tend to be the most knowledgeable about the dangers and watch out for each other, Weideman said.

Scallan said the beach is particularly dangerous now because winter storms have moved the sand around, creating troughs parallel to the beach that cause swift channels of water known as rip currents to move quickly away from shore. Drownings at Ocean Beach are often the result of a surfer or swimmer getting caught in a rip current.

It's not known whether the man who died was surfing with anyone.

Authorities found a set of keys on him but do not yet know whether they belong to a car he drove over or whether he walked to the beach, Weideman said. His board washed up after his body was taken to the hospital. It was unclear how long he had been floating in the water.

Chris Durkin, 25, who made the call to 911 and often surfs at Ocean Beach, said the death wouldn't change him.

"It's saddening (but) it doesn't change the way I think," he said. "It doesn't make me think it's any less or more dangerous than I did."

James Meyering, 40, who lives near the beach and was wearing a wetsuit before he got in the water, said if he didn't surf Sunday, he never would again.

"I have panic attacks sometimes -- sometimes big waves come out of nowhere and take the board out of your hands and you're under water," he said. "I have to go or I'll be afraid to go out again."

It was hard to tell how experienced the dead surfer was. "It doesn't matter," said Durkin. "He could be a beginner or a longtime Ocean Beach surfer."

Scallan said that as the sport has become much more popular in the last five to 10 years Ocean Beach has seen a marked increase in surfers. He advises people always to surf with a friend and for beginners to start at safer spots such as Cowell's Beach in Santa Cruz. Longtime Ocean Beach surfer Scott Schofield, 47, advised anyone who is caught in the current to stay as calm as possible to conserve oxygen.

"People don't realize how dangerous this sport is," Schofield said. "Ocean Beach is treacherous."


Fals ihr also mal in SF sein solltet seht euch vor und unterschaetzt den Spot nicht!


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