I was passing Topanga this morning and I spoke to the lifeguard on duty. He said lifeguard-Sam made the rescue but he gave me these details below.
This is truly sad because I know many of us have gone to a new place, beach even country before and been so excited to get in the water... this is an example of knowing before you go. I doubt Dante knew the water was as cold as it was and maybe had no idea what kelp was, or what it is capable of. He looks like an experienced kiter and adventurer from the article link posted below.
- Info from the Topanga guard on duty today:
- Dante Torres traveled here with his family from Dubai and just arrived the day before the accident on Sunday. He's originally from the Philippines
- Dante was wearing a shortie wetsuit, water temp is about 55 °F, but yesterday evening felt really cold. He was found in the kelp.
- Dante was face down in the water "pretty far away" from his kite and board. No sign of head trauma, cuts or bruises.
- No sign of line-tangle on his legs, or any other bar or line entrapment.
-Looks as if he released his kite, the guard couldn't speak about his safety line and couldn't say if it was still rigged.
-He was not breathing and the lifeguard performed CPR with trach, to no success.
- The rescue was deployed from Santa Monica by boat.
-Dante was taken so St. Johns, his father was at the scene.
-Lots more info below http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2012 ... s_kelp.php