SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A tourist drowned Monday while trying to come to the aid of his niece as she struggled to get back to shore during a swim in Mission Bay.
The man attempted to rescue his relative near the entrance to Fiesta Island shortly after 2:30 p.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. She wound up making it back to the beach on her own, but he could not, SDFRD spokesman Maurice Luque said.
Hearing a radio dispatch about the emergency, a lifeguard who happened to be driving in the area hurried over to the harbor, swam out to the stricken man, pulled him to shore and tried in vain to revive him.
An ambulance crew then took the victim, believed to be in his 50s, to UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest, where he was pronounced dead. His name was withheld pending family notification.