San Diego Man Dies While Surfing Off Santa Cruz Island

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Federal park rangers found the body of a missing surfer from San Diego on Friday, several hours after he had disappeared while surfing near Santa Cruz Island.

The body of John M. Wagner, 43, was found in the water about 20 miles south of Ventura, a spokesman for the Ventura County coroner’s office said.

Santa Cruz Island is part of the Channel Islands National Park and is roughly 20 miles southwest of Ventura County.

A spokesman for the Coast Guard said friends of Wagner reported they had been surfing with him near Santa Cruz Island about 5 p.m., when he went underwater for unknown reasons.