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UPDATE: Man pronounced dead after being found unresponsive in water off Pirate's Cove

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Posted at 1:36 PM, Aug 19, 2021

UPDATE (4:46 p.m.) - The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office says the man found in the water off Avila Beach Thursday afternoon was pronounced dead. The sheriff’s office is in the process of identifying the man and notifying next of kin.

Officials say at this point, there is no indication of foul play.

ORIGINAL STORY: CPR was being performed on a man found unresponsive in the water off Pirate’s Cove Thursday afternoon.

A division chief with CAL FIRE says the call came in around 12:42 p.m. from someone at the Pirate’s Cove parking lot.

A full surf rescue response was initiated, which included crews from Avila Beach, Shell Beach, Pismo Beach and the Port San Luis Harbor Patrol.

The victim, described as being middle age, was reportedly found floating face down in the water off Fossil Point, which is between Pirate’s Cove and Avila Beach.

He was transferred onto a Harbor Patrol boat and taken to the Port San Luis boat launch, according to CAL FIRE.

Fire officials say CPR was performed on the man as soon as he was transferred onto the boat and it was still being performed when he was being taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

An update on his condition was not immediately known.

CAL FIRE says it’s unknown how long the man was in the water.

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