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Second surfer dies on San Diego County beach

October 10, 2011 |  8:09 am

Surf Beach Camp Pendleton
San Diego County's medical examiner's office said it hopes to know this week what caused a 63-year-old surfer to collapse and die over the weekend, marking the second surfer death at the same beach in less than two months.

Charles Solon Todd Jr. of Aliso Viejo was at the stretch of Camp Pendleton known as Surf Beach when he was stricken.

"He was witnessed to ride a wave into shore, sit on his board and collapse forward onto his board," according to a medical examiner's office report.

Attempts at resuscitation failed. An examination is planned, the medical examiner's office said.

Todd's death is the second at Surf Beach this fall. In early September, 42-year-old Russ Yamada was found unresponsive in the water near his surfboard. Officials determined Yamada had had a heart attack.


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Photo: Surf Beach. Credit: Fox 5 San Diego