20-Year-Old Swimmer Drowns After Rescue Off of Rancho Palos Verdes

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A 20-year-old man died and a second swimmer was injured in an incident that prompted an ocean rescue off the coast of Rancho Palos Verdes on Thursday, fire officials said.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted shortly before 2:30 p.m. that they were rescuing two possible divers off the 5300 block of Palos Verdes Drive.

County fire officials later clarified that the rescue involved swimmers, and not divers.

One of the swimmers was rescued near a cave by an L.A. County fire boat after being submerged, according to a tweet from the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The swimmer was transported to the care of LAFD personnel who performed CPR on the patient. However, by that time he “was beyond help” and later died, according to a tweet from the Fire Department.

Authorities have not released his identity.

The second swimmer sustained minor injuries, according to the County Fire Department.

No further information about the drowning, or what led up to it, was immediately provided by fire officials.


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