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Apparent Drowning Victim Identified

The man pulled from the ocean Sunday around 6 p.m. was pronounced dead at an area hospital, Manhattan Beach police say.

The identity of a man found floating in the ocean near 40th Street in Manhattan Beach a few hours before sunset Sunday won't be released until his wife has been notified of his death, said Lt. Andy Harrod of MBPD Monday.

Police did not know the identity of the man, who was declared dead at a Torrance hospital Sunday, until sometime Monday after a family member contacted officials.

Harrod said the man appears to have drowned but that the coroner will determine the cause of death.

"Inexperienced or weak swimmers need to stay in front of a lifeguard tower," he said. "Don't go out beyond your means."

Harrod told Patch a witness has reported seeing the man swimming and then "kind of floating," at which point lifeguards were notified.

When lifeguards dispatched in boats pulled the man from the water, he was not breathing and had no pulse, according to a Contra Costa Times article.

Lifeguards began cardiopulmonary resuscitation and were joined by Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach Fire Department paramedics. HBFD paramedics continued CPR as they transported the man to the hospital. 

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