Kitesurfer, 73, Drowns in Bay


The Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau identified a man who drowned in the waters off Crown Beach on Friday, June 1, as 73-year-old Dr. Andres Caicedo. The victim, a surgeon from Walnut Creek, died while kite-surfing. Firefighters were called to Crown Memorial State Beach at 4:26 p.m. 

The Alameda Fire Department (AFD) received a report that a kite-surfer had brought a second, unresponsive kite-surfer ashore. AFD transported Caicedo to Alameda Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

Yuri Reither said that he discovered Caicedo face down in the water. He said that he did everything possible to get the unconscious man ashore, including leaving his own kite-surfing gear behind.  Once Reither got Caicedo near the shore, bystanders pitched in. It took three or four people to bring the seemingly lifeless body onto the land. They administered CPR until AFD arrived. 

The Coroner’s Bureau is investigating the cause of Caidedo’s death.