William Griffith Dies in Rip Currents Off Surf City; High Surf Advisory This Week

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The coast has been under a high surf advisory since 7 a.m. today, but a rip current already claimed the life of a man in Huntington Beach.

William Griffith, 26, was swept out to sea late Monday afternoon when he tried to save a friend fighting the rip currents. Griffith's body was recovered by responders aided by helicopters two hours later.

Before that happened, Surf City's Richard Kneebone had been taking in the sunset when he noticed Griffith and the unidentified friend struggling in the surf. Kneebone called 9-1-1 around 5 p.m. and, before lifeguards and paramedics arrived, jumped in after the pair.

Kneebone managed to bring Griffith's friend to shore. Paramedics treated that man before he was rushed to Hoag Hospital, where he was listed in good condition.

Griffith was pronounced dead after his body was fetched around 7 p.m.

There's no rest for the weary: surf as high as 6- to 10-feet is expected to pound SoCal's west-facing beaches today. Despite it feeling like summer outside, frigid ocean waters pose an additional danger.


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6 comments
mitch young
mitch young

Too bad you guys fired the only guy covering the OC Surf scene with any sort of insight. 

Alejandra Molina
Alejandra Molina

It's actually William Griffin, not Griffith ...  according to the coroner dept.

mpschwartz
mpschwartz

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Mike King
Mike King

You it is always a chance that the Ocean will take in small surf. As it gets bigger the chances increase. I love the ten foot range myself. But that is a risk I like to take. Every time I come close to the edge. It does make me rethink it. I really advise this if your not used to this kind of swell. RIP Bro.

Sgt Martin
Sgt Martin

Sympathies to the family.  My son surfs and I couldnt imagine the pain associated with that kind of loss. 

mitch young
mitch young

Griffin, Griffith -- close enough for the OCWeekly.

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