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Independent Report of Alameda Drowning Released

Report cites police and firefighters' failure to immediately call for a shallow-water boat from Oakland.


| Friday, September 30, 2011

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — An independent review on the death of a suicidal man in the waters off California's coast while rescuers watched on shore faults the city of Alameda for not having a water rescue crew.

Report: Review of Crown Beach Incident (Alameda, CA)

Alameda released the 67-page review by a former state fire marshal Thursday. It details missteps by city authorities following 52-year-old Raymond Zack's decision to wade into the shallow waters off Crown Beach on Memorial Day.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports ( ) that among those missteps, it cites police and firefighters' failure to immediately call for a shallow-water boat from Oakland.

Zack remained in the water for a half hour before succumbing to hypothermia.

City officials have said they were unable to help Zack because their water rescue program had been discontinued. It has since been reinstated.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,

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