SAN PEDRO (CNS) - A 36-year-old man drowned today trying to rescue a man and a boy who had been swept by a large wave off the Cabrillo Beach breakwater.

The other two were rescued by others, and have been released from emergency rooms.

The 36-year-old man was among several other people at the jetty, which is shaped like a wall with vertical rock sides. Los Angeles Port police Lt. Michael Capodanno said police were dispatched at about 6:30 a.m.

The man was unconscious and not breathing when fire paramedics reached him, said spokesman Brian Humphrey at the Los Angeles City Fire Department.

The 14-year-old boy was conscious and breathing as he was pulled out and in fair condition, Humphrey said.

A third person, a 49-year-old man, was able to pull himself out of the water, he said. He was taken to a hospital in fair condition.

Capodanno said the 14-year-old boy and 49-year-old man were treated and released from a hospital. The 36-year-old man was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The rock jetty separates the Port of Los Angeles from the Pacific, and can sometimes be washed over by wakes from passing ships, or large swells from distant storms.

Posted by Amy King