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Goleta Surfer Dies Off Campus Point

Goleta surfer dies off Campus Point

A 29-year-old surfer died Sunday, reportedly after the leash on her surfboard got tangled in rocks, pulling her underwater near UCSB’s Campus Point, fire officials said.

Two other surfers noticed the woman in distress, pulled her out of the water and administered CPR, but she was pronounced dead about a half hour later at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital.

The woman, who was from Goleta, was not identified late Sunday pending notification of next of kin. She had been submerged for about six minutes when the surfers spotted her and pulled her ashore, police officials said.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department and officers from the UCSB Police Department responded to the 5:20 p.m. call. The woman was in cardiac arrest when emergency workers arrived, and she was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police officials said the woman was not a UCSB student and did not work at the university, but declined to identify her further.

–Melissa Evans