shallow waters

 

Shallow Waters can be viewed in its entirety online

A documentary film on one of the most painful events in Alameda history attempts to answer the question: how does a mentally ill person drown himself in a few feet of water at a crowded beach on Memorial Day? Shallow Waters: The Public Death of Raymond Zack documents the events surrounding the 2011 death of Zack, an Alameda resident.

At a screening of the documentary film Shallow Waters, The Public Death of Raymond Zack, last Sunday, Alamedans struggled with the import of a particularly unfortunate turn of events that resulted in the death of Alameda resident Raymond Zack in 2010. 

Zack succumbed to hypothermia after several hours in the bay waters off Shore Line Drive near Willow Street. First responders, limited by budget and training restrictions, damaged water-rescue equipment and convoluted communications did not act to bring Zack back to shore in time to save him.