Monday, June 30, 2008

Man dies while surfing at Hollister Ranch beach


A man died Monday while surfing at a Hollister Ranch beach despite a quick response from emergency crews and bystanders.
Authorities said witnesses saw the victim, Frank Louda, 61, surfing just after noon. Moments later, he was spotted floating in the water, County Fire Capt. Eli Iskow said.

Other surfers pulled the victim from the water and a bystander, reportedly an emergency room doctor from Ventura, began cardiopulmonary resuscitation immediately, Capt. Iskow said.
Emergency crews received the call at 12:21 p.m. and responded with an airlift helicopter and paramedics. A lifeguard from El Capitan State Beach also arrived and aided in CPR efforts.
After loading the victim into the helicopter, fire crews flew to a field near La Cumbre Junior High School, the closest landing spot to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Capt. Iskow said.
Louda was transported to the hospital by ground ambulance with CPR being performed continuously, authorities said, despite a lack of breathing or pulse. Hospital officials confirmed yesterday evening that he had been pronounced dead.


Anonymous said...

Frank Louda was loved by many...the world is going to miss his physical presence....his spirit lives on forever.

Ted said...

Rest in peace Frank, You'll be missed, Ted

Anonymous said...

i'm glsd you went doing some thing you loved at a very special place.goodbless ride that endless wave in heaven for all of us please amen surfduck