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Police investigate man’s discovery, death in Estuary

Submitted by on 1, January 20, 2010 – 4:05 pmNo Comment

12Alameda police are investigating the death of a 25-year-old local man who was found clinging to life in the Oakland-Alameda Estuary on Wednesday morning.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer John Eastman said a Coast Guard crew was “swapping out” at the Grand Street Marina at 6:32 a.m. when they heard a call for help coming from the water. Eastman said the crews retrieved the man from the water and that he was suffering from severe hypothermia.

Alameda Police Sgt. Pat Wyeth said the man, who police are not yet identifying pending notification of kin, was found clinging to a pier off Grand Street when the Coast Guard crews found him, and that the Alameda Fire Department provided advanced life support to the man and transported him to Alameda Hospital, where he died a few hours later. Wyeth said the man’s body temperature was in the 70s when he was found.

Wyeth said police are trying to piece together the man’s whereabouts on Tuesday in an effort to figure out how he ended up in the water, and that the Alameda County Coroner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to confirm the cause of the man’s death. He said the man had no obvious injuries and that foul play is not suspected in the man’s death at this point.

“We’re still trying to track down how he got there last night,” Wyeth said.

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