SAN DIEGO (September 15, 2013)—Lifeguards in San Diego restarted the heart of a surfer who fell from his board during a contest at Pacific Beach.
The unidentified 62-year-old surfer was competing in the 20th annual longboard contest sponsored by the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club on Saturday afternoon and was near Crystal Pier when he suffered some kind of distress and slipped off his board, lifeguard Lt. Andy Lerum said.
Other surfers helped lifeguards get the man to shore, but he wasn't breathing and his heart wasn't beating.
Lifeguards performed CPR and shocked the man with a defibrillator to revive him.
Officials say the man was in the hospital Saturday night.
They described his condition only as stable.