Del Mar boogie boarder suffers cardiac-related death

A man was pronounced dead on Feb. 18 after being found face down in the water while boogie boarding around 26th Street in Del Mar, said Lifeguard Chief Pat Vergne. Authorities said the incident was cardiac related.

The man, who officials said was in his 50s, was with a group of three family and friends, when a member of the party spotted him face down on his boogie board around 4 p.m.

“At first he thought he was looking at fish, but then he realized there was a major problem,” Vergne said.

His group and some bystanders brought him to shore. Paramedics and lifeguards arrived on scene and tried to revive him, but he was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

— Claire Harlin