Swimmer dies at Thousand Steps Beach in Laguna Beach – Orange County Register

The body of an unidentified female swimmer was recovered by OC Lifeguards from the waters off Thousand Steps Beach in Laguna Beach shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, officials said.

According to Laguna Beach Police Lieutenant Cornelius Ashton, the woman was seen struggling near another swimmer near the southern end of the beach near the sea cave around 4:49 p.m.

  • Emergency equipment lines the South Coast Highway near Thousand Steps Beach after a swimmer goes missing at sea. (Photo: Erica Ritchie, OC Register/SCNG)

  • The OC lifeguards who oversee South Laguna Beach are seen leaving the beach after the body of a female swimmer was recovered. (Photo: Erica Ritchie, OC Register/SCNG)

  • The Orange County Sheriff’s Department helicopter Duke flies over Thousand Steps Beach in South Laguna after the body of a female swimmer is recovered. (Photo: Erica Ritchie, OC Register/SCNG)

  • OC lifeguards and Laguna Beach police officers are seen leaving the sands at Thousand Steps Beach after the missing swimmer’s body is recovered. (Photo: Erica Ritchie, OC Register/SCNG)

“The lifeguards were able to rescue one, but not the other,” he said. Wednesday’s waves were about 3-4 feet high.

After the woman disappeared in the water, other agencies came to her aid, including the OC Lifeguards, the Diving Team and the Laguna Beach Lifeguards. The Laguna Beach fire and police were on the scene, as were the Orange County Fire Department and Orange County Sheriff’s Department helicopter Duke and its port patrols.

The Orange County coroner was summoned to the beach at Three Arches Bay. This beach winds down from the cliffs that separate it from Thousand Steps Beach.

Ashton said the identity and age of the female swimmer had not been released until the family was notified.

https://www.ocregister.com/2022/10/05/swimmer-dies-off-thousand-steps-beach-in-laguna-beach/ Swimmer dies at Thousand Steps Beach in Laguna Beach – Orange County Register

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