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Good Samaritan Drowns Trying To Save Cabrillo Beach Fishermen

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A 36-year-old good Samaritan died this morning after diving in to save two fishermen who were swept away by breakwater on the Cabrillo Beach jetty in San Pedro.

The unidentified man was one of several who tried to help the two fisherman, the L.A Times reports. The two fishermen were reportedly a 49-year-old man and his 14-year-old son. Port Police Lt. Michael Capodonno told the L.A. Times that the man, "ended up helping the boy get out of the water, pushing him to the side," before going under. Rescuers found the man unconscious and not breathing. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he died.

The 14-year-old boy was helped out of the water by others who rushed to help and is in stable condition at a nearby hospital, while the 49-year-old father was able to exit the water under his own power and was taken to the hospital in fair condition, CNS reports.

The two were allegedly fishing in a restricted area at the time of the incident, a port spokesman told ABC 7.