One Rescued From Water Near La Jolla Cove Cliffs Dies

One of the people rescued from La Jolla Cove Friday evening has died, San Diego Lifeguards said. 

The incident started at 7:45 p.m. when Azfar Alam, 22, of Downey, California, and a 16-year-old girl were found nearly drowned in the water.

Lifeguards Lt. Lerum said it is still unclear how the two ended up in the water. They either fell off the cliffs or were washed off the reed if they were standing in a low-lying area when the tide came in, he said. 

"We had two people enter the water or fall into the water over at the sanctuary near La Jolla Cove," said Marine Safety Lt. James Gartland. He said it's unclear if they tumbled from the cliffs because no one saw the incident; they only heard the screams of the victims.

One good Samaritan jumped off a cliff to save them and swim them to shore after he heard their screams. 

Rescuers had to airlift the teen, who was in moderate condition, according to Gartland. Alam, who had more serious injuries, was taken to the hospital in an ambulance after lifeguards performed CPR on him. He died Saturday afternoon, according to the medical examiner.

The 16-year-old girl is in moderate condition, lifeguards said. Officials are waiting for the girl to recover before they ask her questions about what happened. 

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