Swimmer Found Unconscious in Laguna Beach Dies

LAGUNA BEACH (CNS) - A man found unconscious in the water off Laguna Beach today died in a hospital, authorities said. Brian Riggs, 52, of Aliso Viejo was pronounced dead at 11:39 a.m. at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo, the Orange County coroner's office said. 

Riggs was found about 10:45 a.m. in the heavy surf at 10th Street Beach, just south of 1000 Steps Beach, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said.

The victim had possibly been snorkeling, Concialdi said. ``Lifeguards were able to swim out to him, in the heavy surf, and bring him onto the sand.''The lifeguards immediately did CPR, and at one point the man was in full cardiac arrest. He was taken by helicopter to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.

``We always swim or snorkel with a partner close by,'' Concialdi said.

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