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  • July 27, 2009

    Torrance Teen On Life Support After Near Drowning In Manhattan Beach

    By Sandy Mazza, Daily Breeze Staff Writer

    A 17-year-old Torrance boy who was swept underwater by high surf in Manhattan Beach Sunday is on life support today.

    The boy was swimming with his brother not far from the shore, when a rip current caught him and pulled him out toward the end of the pier at about 5:45 p.m. Sunday, officials said.

    Lifeguards saw a large swell approaching the boys and tried to alert them, but could not reach them in time, said Phil Topar, assistant chief for Los Angeles County Fire’s lifeguard division.

    “He and his brother were in some large surf,” Topar said, explaining that a lull in the surf made them feel comfortable to swim there. “In the Manhattan Beach pier area, we had over 100 rescues (last weekend).”

    Lifeguards searched for the the boy for about 20 minutes before a diver found him and pulled him ashore. He did not have a pulse and was not breathing, Manhattan Beach Fire Department Battalion Chief Ken Shuck said.

    He was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital, where he was on life support this morning, Shuck said.

    The original article is here.

    1 Comment

    1. My child was underwater over 10 minutes over 6 mos ago. Doctors said he is miracle to live. Due to medication his body is bent & twisted. Now he can see & recognize people. Can’t talk or move is body yet but will. Drs. wanted to turn off the respirator. couldn’t We love him. ALL will continue to pray for total restoration of his body, mind, and soul to our heavenly Father through Jesus.

      Comment by R.Hope — August 17, 2011 @ 4:25 am

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