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Colorado swimmer dies following ocean rescue

Posted at 10:11 AM, May 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-09 14:38:05-04

Los Angeles County authorities say a 49-year-old Colorado man died after he and two other swimmers were rescued from the ocean off Venice Beach.

County Fire spokeswoman Lidia Barillas says lifeguards responded Sunday evening to reports of three swimmers in distress about 50 yards off shore near Venice Pier.

Barillas says rescuers found all three conscious and breathing. But she says as the lifeguards started bringing them back to shore, one of the swimmers lost consciousness.

CPR was performed on the beach and the man was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Coroner's officials on Monday identified him as Troy Mendez of Westminster.

Officials didn't know how long the swimmers were in the water.

City News Service says the surf at the time was about 1 to 2 feet.