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Briefly In Public Safety

July 14, 2011

Man dies after diving in Laguna

A Tustin man died after diving off the Laguna Beach coast Tuesday, according to police Lt. Jason Kravetz.

Bryan Siglock, 36, died of cardiac-related causes, according to the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner.

A witness called police at 1:10 p.m. to report two distressed divers. The caller said the divers were attempting to get ashore but were getting tossed around in the waves.

Kravetz confirmed that the two men were brothers.

One man made it to shore, freed himself of his gear and jumped back into the water to rescue Siglock, who was in full cardiac arrest when brought to shore.

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Lifeguards, police and fire officials responded and attempted to resuscitate Siglock. He was transported by helicopter to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, where he was pronounced dead.

Lifeguards Chief Jason Young said Tuesday was not a good day to dive and that nearby beaches had red flags denoting hazardous conditions.

There were some 4- to 6-foot waves that day, with lulls of smaller waves. The inconsistency could have been deceiving, he said.

The department responds to emergencies at the beach, but there is no lifeguard tower there, he said.

Young advised that all divers check with lifeguards prior to a beach dive, especially when there is any type of surf.

"We certainly would have advised against diving that day," he said.

For information on surf conditions, call (949) 276-5050.

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Dead dolphin found in Shaw's Cove

A 7-foot-long dolphin washed up dead in Shaw's Cove on Tuesday afternoon, according to Laguna Beach police.

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center identified it as an adult female bottlenose dolphin.

A lifeguard reported that a dolphin was "not looking right" in the water, according to Marine Safety.

He noticed that the dolphin made a 180-degree turn when it got near the rocks and he saw it kick.

The center was notified of a potential rescue. Less than 10 minutes after the call, the lifeguard said the dolphin changed to a belly-up position in the water. A few moments later, it washed ashore.

The center responded immediately to the call about 12:30 p.m., so the dolphin was not in the cove for long, said Director of Animal Care Michele Hunter.

The dolphin was dead when center officials arrived.

It had a significant amount of abscesses, necrotic tissue and was in "pretty bad shape," according to the center.

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