Tulare man dies after ocean rescue in Humboldt County

April 12, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
Authorities say a Tulare man is dead after being swept away while swimming in the ocean.

It happened off Samoa Beach in Humboldt County on Thursday.

Sheriff's deputies say Matthew Garcia, 21, was swimming with a friend when he disappeared in the surf. The friend made it back to shore, and a witness in the area called 911.

A Coast Guard helicopter spotted Garcia in the water and directed rescue crews to his location. They pulled him out of the ocean and performed CPR, but he later died at a hospital.