Man Dies After Water Rescue Near Harbor Bay

Alameda Fire Department -- Alameda Fire Department personnel rescue one of the four men from the water near Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal on Sunday afternoon.
Alameda Fire Department -- Alameda Fire Department personnel rescue one of the four men from the water near Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal on Sunday afternoon.

Man Dies After Water Rescue Near Harbor Bay

A man was pronounced deceased after he suffered a cardiac arrest while being rescued from the San Francisco Bay near Harbor Bay on Sunday, Aug. 6. The deceased man was one of four men that were on a small vessel Sunday afternoon in the water near the Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal. According to Alameda Fire Department (AFD) Public Information Officer Kevin Tidwell, the small vessel started to sink, and the four men evacuated the vessel.

Bystanders called emergency services. Members of the Alameda Police Department (APD) arrived at the scene around 1 p.m. APD personnel, along with a few bystanders, pulled the first victim from the water and took him to shore. While being taken to shore, the man suffered a cardiac arrest — Tidwell did not know if the man suffered the cardiac arrest while in the water or when he reached shore.

APD personnel performed CPR on the unidentified victim. Once AFD crews arrived shortly after they took over patient care on the victim and started advanced lifesaving measures. AFD personnel transported the individual to Alameda Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

While life-saving measures were being performed on the first victim, three other people were still in the water needing assistance. AFD deployed seven rescue swimmers into the water along with the AFD Fire Boat. Rescue swimmers located three male victims in the water ranging from approximately 100 feet to several hundred yards offshore. AFD personnel successfully rescued the three victims and brought them onto the shore where they were transported to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and evaluation.

Twenty-nine firefighters in total responded to the scene. The United States Coast Guard also assisted with the water rescue by deploying a vessel and helicopter.

AFD -- Twenty-nine firefighters in total responded to the scene including seven rescue swimmers. AFD used four ambulances, a rescue boat and other vehicles.