Man Rescued, Woman Dies After Being Swept Into Ocean Off Laguna Beach

A woman died after being pulled into the ocean while walking in a rocky area of Laguna Beach on Wednesday, officials said.

The woman, who officials only described as "elderly," was taking a stroll on the rocks at Victoria Point when she was swept away by waves, Laguna Beach police said. Authorities responded to the scene around 8:30 p.m.

Rescue crews search for a woman who was swept into the Pacific Ocean while walking on Laguna Beach on April 25, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

Rescue crews search for a woman who was swept into the Pacific Ocean while walking on Laguna Beach on April 25, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

Although police had originally said the woman was with her partner, they later said they believed the man with her to be a Good Samaritan who attempted to rescue her.

The man was rescued, officers said around 8:45 p.m., but the woman could not be located.

Eventually, the woman was found deceased floating in the water around 9:30 p.m. and taken ashore by boat, aerial video from Sky5 showed. Police confirmed her death.

Helicopters and rescue officials spent hours combing the coastal area Wednesday night.

Marine safety, fire and police officials were all responded to the scene. Residents had been warned a large emergency responder presence would be in the area.

Authorities did not release further details about the individuals involved or their identities.