Second Victim in Moonlight Beach Rescue Dies

Bacilio Manuel-Tomas, 39, and Geraldo Cruz-Manuel, 17, were caught in a riptide on May 29

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    A man rescued by two teenagers after getting caught in a rip current has died, the San Diego County Medical Examiner confirmed.

    The ME's report said Bacilio Manuel-Tomas, 39, died Saturday, more than two weeks after he and his nephew were rescued at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas.

    Teen Rescued from Moonlight State Beach Dies: Officials

    [DGO] Teen Rescued from Moonlight State Beach Dies: Officials
    NBC 7's Danya Bacchus reports on the two swimmers who were found unconscious in Encinitas on May 29 and the group of teens who rescued them. The image above shows the teenagers meeting with the swimmers' family members.

    His nephew, 17-year-old Geraldo Cruz-Manuel, was pronounced dead June 2.

    On May 29, the two were swimming in the ocean and swept away by the tide. Meanwhile, a group of Santa Fe Christian students were celebrating the last day of school at the beach. Two of the students, who happened to be junior lifeguards, pulled the unconscious swimmers from the water.

    According to a fundraising page set up by the students, both victims are from Guatemala; Bacilio was working in the U.S. to support his family back home, while Geraldo had just arrived in the U.S. to go to school.

    So far, the students have raised more than $17,000 to send to the victims’ families in South America.
     

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