HUNTINGTON BEACH: Jose Mendoza, 26, Dies After Paddleboarding Accident
HUNTINGTON BEACH, California (July 19, 2017) — Jose Mendoza, 26, of Lakewood died shortly after he fell off a paddleboard in Huntington Harbor in the 16500 block of Channel Lane, the Huntington Beach Fire Department reports.
The incident took place about 3:30 p.m. when Mendoza fell off the Stand Up Paddleboard and was lost in the murky waters. The young man did not know how to swim and was not equipped with a life vest. Firefighters spent roughly 25 minutes attempting to locate him, but eventually pulled him out of the water alive. He was in critical condition when he was taken to a local hospital and died of his injuries at 5:04 p.m.
The report does not indicate whether Mendoza rented his paddleboard equipment, nor why he did not have a life jacket.
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