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O.C. Doctor Dies While Surfing in El Salvador

ORANGE — Family, colleagues and patients are mourning the loss of an orthopedic surgeon who died Friday while surfing 15-foot swells off the coast of El Salvador.

According to Salvadoran news agencies, Dr. Jack Chen was surfing at El Sunzal when a large wave threw him against rocks.

Witnesses say Chen hung on to the rocks for several minutes before disappearing under the waves.

Chen was a surgeon with the Orthopaedic Specialty Institute in Orange, specializing in spinal disorders, according to his website.