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Updated: Man Dies in Alameda After Walking into Bay

A 52-year-old man walked fully clothed into the San Francisco Bay Monday morning from Alameda's Crown Beach. He died after spending nearly an hour in water.

A good Samaritan swimmer pulled a 52-year-old Alameda man 50 yards back to Alameda's Monday afternoon after the man walked fully clothed into San Francisco Bay, according to Lt. Joe McNiff of the .

Emergency personnel waiting on the beach found the man unresponsive after a reported 60 minutes in the water and took him to . 

He was taken to the Alameda County Coroner's Office where he was identified as Raymond Zack, according to Deputy D. Sanchez.

"He's scheduled for an autopsy tomorrow," said Sgt. M. Denobriga also of the coroner's office. "The doctors will determine the cause of death."  

The called the Coast Guard at 11:34 a.m. with reports that a man had walked into the surf near the intersection of Shoreline Drive and Willow Street.

Neither the Alameda Police Department nor the Alameda Fire Department is certified in land-based water rescue, according to a police statement released Monday evening.

"The Alameda Fire Department does not currently have, and is not certified, in land-based water rescues," read the statement. "The City of Alameda primarily relies on the United States Coast Guard for these types of events."

The good Samaritan, who was not identified by authorities but was described as a woman in her 20s, dove into the water to rescue the man, according to Petty Officer Erik Swanson of the United States Coast Guard.

The man was pulled from the water at 12:29 p.m., according to McNiff.

The Coast Guard responded to the attempted rescue with a boat and a Dolphin helicopter.

Swanson said that the good Samaritan was doing fine after the rescue effort.

John June 04, 2011 at 07:58 AM
It’s a frkn sand bar going out hundreds of yards. Fisherman have to go out a long ways just to get hip deep. 60 degree water isn’t like rescueing an Ice Fisherman. Anyone who has any clue about Alameda knows this. It's been like this for 50 years.
John June 04, 2011 at 08:08 AM
The 10 Year contracts implemented in OCT 2001 and the months following in the absolute worst financial times our country has seen since the Depression and we offered Lifetime Pensions of 90% of highest pay and medical benefit and salary packages that have crippled the citizens of Alameda and the city. Most companies at this time were cutting salary's and Benefit packages 50% and laying off just to survive and implemented self directed retirement plans with very small contributions by the company. The Taxpayers have given up alot of "Skin" and the City has deferred most maintance using duct tape and mirrors to keep sustaining these Salary packages to our employees. Look at what it has gotten us.
John June 04, 2011 at 08:13 AM
In October 2001 when this was approved the Tech Bubble had already popped and Stocks and The Nasdaq Market had Lost 80% of Its Value and All Tech companies Were laying off thousands. To not be aware of what had transpired in previous 12 months to this regarding economy and what was happening and go ahead and approve raises and new benefits to employees was HUGE Betrayal of the Citizens of Alameda. Look what we have been rewarded with after 10 year contracts.
John June 04, 2011 at 08:23 AM
After watching the city Council meeting the Day after this tradgedy the approach at the Budget looked as cowardly as our Cities Finest performed on Monday. It is sad amd pathetic where we have gone as a city. I use to be a very proud Alamedan.
John June 04, 2011 at 04:32 PM
http://www.scribd.com/doc/57061124/64385-2009-03-16-Fire-Info-Bulletin-1762 The memo that the fire department used to justify its actions on Memorial Day also contains information - for those that read all the way through to the bottom of it - that contradicts what the department has claimed. Specifically, it says that funding has been re-instated, and that re-certification was to begin again in 30 to 45 days - two years before Raymond Zack waded into the water at Crown Beach. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/06/03/INN11JOD18.DTL#ixzz1OKFdqHNG
alameda vigilante June 04, 2011 at 10:47 PM
AlamedaAngel, I hope youre not a public safety official! Youre dead wrong. If anyone's boss prevented them from doing the moral thing in a life/death situation, the boss should be ignored. Only following ordersb is for Nazis @ Nuremberg, or robots.
joel June 05, 2011 at 12:18 AM
Alameda Angel : Should I see someone bleeding and laying in the street , should I turn my lawn mower on so I can't hear the cries and maybe wear some dark glasses until the death come ? That is basically what all the braves did that day ,, when all they had to do was to walk on the sand bar . Oh but the boss said you cannot get your feet wet and it is against the union contract to disobey to save a life .
joel June 05, 2011 at 06:38 AM
Are we in the USA the land of the braves or the land of the sheep , tghey were all so disciplined that not a single one got their feet wet , by the way the funds were not cut for water vrescue , you mean that in order to walk on a sandbar you need a different pay raste? Cowards that's all they are. I wonder if they keep watching their video again.
joel June 05, 2011 at 06:39 AM
Excuse me who elected the past and present Mayor , the frierighter and police union . open your eyes
joel June 05, 2011 at 06:50 AM
They called the pentagon which relayed the information to the homeland security which then contacted the coast guard the cutter is at sea the other draw too much water , so they rerouted an helicopter which requested the permission to enter Oakland air space {anyone need that permission}they then contacted the city manager the mayor out for lunch who contacted the city attorney who contacted the interim police chief who contacted the interim fire chief in the mean time a little woman pulled the guy out of the watter and now face charge for stealing the job a bunch of COWARDS could not do in 10 minutes. simple as that .
DeAngelo June 05, 2011 at 06:57 AM
We've paid our public "servants" ridiculous salaries for too long, and for what? An ever entitled attitude and continuously worse performance. The voters need to make it clear in every local election: We will not fund another cent of government revenue until we stop wasting money on these bloated, overpaid union bureaucrats. The private sector will do the job for about half the total cost (the market probably dictates a slightly lower salary, but with a 401K instead of the bloated gold-plated, spikeable pensions that kick in at age 50). And they will do it better because any private sector employee to declines to do his or her job (standing on the beach and watching a man drown for the better part of an hour) will have no union to hide behind and will be shown the door. Better yet, volunteer fire service. I will sign up.
joel June 05, 2011 at 06:58 AM
Jon , be serious for once , it does not take money to walk on a sand bar , asking for it is racket . You sdaid Chief Kappleer eliminated the water rescue , would you care to elaborate on ewho put that request on his desk . The very same person that video taped what every firefighter do .
joel June 05, 2011 at 07:06 AM
There are 10 of thousands brave Americans that have seved this Country some paid the ultimum price , they gave their life for this Country , other will be cripple for life and some Courageous fighter came back Home with no jobs some no House , it is time to reward bravery and hand over these City Jobs to Citizen that deserve it , not some cockey pararading in a red truck blasting their sirens to get their latte at starbucks , or their lunch at Towne Center.
Notlivinginalamedaanymore June 05, 2011 at 02:22 PM
If the APD and AFD are not certified in water rescue on a island, maybe they shouldn't get paid soooo much!
alameda vigilante June 05, 2011 at 11:18 PM
Mike Noonan, @ $340,142 in 2010; Alameda's most highly paid city employee. APD & AFD: "Dedicated to Excellence/Committed to Service" ??? Timely quote heard on CSPAN this weekend by A. Quinones-Hinojosa,M.D., giving a commencement address @ Southern Virginia College: "The world is a dangerous place not because of those who do evil, but because of those who LOOK & do absolutely NOTHING"--Albert Einstein
Carol Parker June 06, 2011 at 01:31 AM
Oakland Tribune (S.J. Merc News) article today looking back on the incident http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_18211068?nclick_check=1
joel June 06, 2011 at 05:30 AM
Jon You are fairly new in the Island "all due respect" the Firefighters have run out of the Island every single Fire Chief that was not going along with their agenda , do the checking , I have . by the way Chief Kappler filling up his BMW is very far from being an isolated incident there is no audit for gas usage at the fire dept nor the Public work , nor thetre isd monitoring for the fairly large vehicle pool
joel June 06, 2011 at 05:35 AM
Jenna did you read your post? "You are glad he is no longer suffering his mental anguish " It took Him 1 hour to die in front of a crowd of some 70 firefighters , Police Officers taking picture with their cell phone. This is the reflextion on how low our society has sunken to make such statement .
joel June 06, 2011 at 05:48 AM
Kate Last year you defended lena tam for passsing internal memo to Suncal , now you are defending those cowards , they did never asked the high speed rescue from san leandro {they have 2} they have no record of calls from the AFD , AFD called the coast guard which had to come from San Francisco crossing the entire bay , the Helicopter was in another dispatch and had to refuel , meanwhile they all watch the man threading waster until hypothermia took him and drowned , anyone , anyone could have walk to help him out , after 30 minutes he was allready out , a little lady pull him, out and hand him over to the big COWARD alameda firefighters , in most country it is called homicide by negligence. Oh but they are your Unions buddies sdo thast make ir all right .
joel June 06, 2011 at 06:00 AM
Frances Montell , when the fire fighters and the police officers enrolled the very first page said " to protect and serve " and yes anyone could have walk on the sand bar anyone tha leave in Alameda has , maybe you should try , after 30 minutes in the water he was deeply hypothermic and no danger to anyone not even Himself , this is based on the cold water rescue data check them out , then do speak . I JUST DID . this is further highlighted by the fact a "petite " woman pulled him out and 300 lbs as you claim of dead weight is no small task , I have done it years ago , your argument to defend the coward firemen are very sad , it is time they come down to reality , but it migh mean they will have to soil the uniform we provide and clean for them .
simmons June 06, 2011 at 01:17 PM
"A good Samaritan swimmer pulled a 52-year-old Alameda man 50 yards back to Alameda's Crown Beach" A 20 year old woman pulled him out. I wonder where she received her training? I suspect church or her parents or other decent people trained her. If I lived in Alameda I sould spit on every policeman or fireman I saw every chance I had.
simmons June 06, 2011 at 01:25 PM
I wonder if anyone was ever saved from drowning before they had these training schools? If so, how did these heros of the past become heros without the proper training? The politicians share some blame but NO ONE makes another human become the worthless piece of crap it takes to standby and watch, for over an hour, while another human die, and not lift a finger to help. One has to be born that worthless and heartless.
simmons June 06, 2011 at 01:41 PM
What is even more ironic and sad? If these worthless Police and Firemen cowards had never been called, or if they had just taking their sorry butts down the road to the nearest donut shop, the man would have been rescued by uncertified citizens in less than 10 minutes, without training, or a boat, or a chopper and without jurisdiction.
simmons June 06, 2011 at 02:05 PM
I agree, they are COWARDS.
Pleiadianwaves June 07, 2011 at 12:23 AM
Beverly Johnson claims that an outside investigation is in order and what findings "can be" made public, should be made public. Key phrase, "CAN BE". How politiky is that? Get ready for the candy coat.
AlamedaAngel June 07, 2011 at 03:19 AM
You cannot have a volunteer fire dept in an urban city of 75,000. Rural communities? Sure. It would not work here. The private sector CANNOT provide 911 service - it's terrible at it. Look at AMR's fail in Oakland. The medics who work for private ambulance companies are demoralized, underpayed and are constantly replaced by green medics. Why? Because all the good medics leave go work in the public sector. Why? Because public sector employees MAKE A LIVING WAGE. You cannot pay people $15-20 an hour and expect to retain them. Not when they are working a job that might kill them and will definitely give them PTSD. When was the last time you went to work knowing that you might die, or you might see someone else die? The fire, police and paramedics DESERVE TO BE PAID WELL. DeAngelo, if I called 911 and you showed up, I would run.
DeAngelo June 07, 2011 at 06:04 AM
The public sector tolerates far too much laziness, sloth, and incompetence at the taxpayer's expense. People deserve to be paid what they're worth, no more, no less. Standing on the beach watching a man drown isn't worth a lot to me. And if you call 911 you better hope someone shows up who isn't going to stand around gawking at you for an hour, send the taxpayers an inflated bill, and then blame it on phantom budget cuts.
joel June 16, 2011 at 03:53 AM
to montel , kate , jon spangler , you keep contradicting yourselves , You stated that after 15 minutes a person would succomb of hypothermia in the frigid water of the bay , knowing the type of medication depress person take {you can look them all on the net they all have the same secondary effect} they did not try after 15 minutes , 30 minutes 45 minutes nor 1 hour , they had the hypothermia factor at their advantage , It is now proven that he was not armed or dangerous , anyone could have yank him out of the waist deep water as the small Wooman did , bring him to shore and lock him up until he got his medication straight , itb is also proven by the Police records the scene was clear , they never call the san leandro rescue , not the county , 2 boats fully equiped and crew ready for shallow water rescue the big cheese public statement . That tragedy could have been avoided in many way , simple effective communication . and more important having having Firefighter and Police Officer leaving in the community , in short be part of it . We now have aliens working in the City , take their GPS away they wont know east from west .
Pleiadianwaves July 01, 2011 at 01:26 AM
It's been one month today since Raymond lost his life here in Alameda. God bless you Raymond. God bless you and your family and community that weeps and misses you. We will never forget....
r. zack December 07, 2011 at 06:04 AM
THE ZACK FAMILY 12-07-11 I have just skimed over these comments for the first time , Thank You for your heartfelt love and expressions of sympathy. We all thought he was safe in Alameda. Your concern and dialogues has restored my faith in humanity. Thank You not letting this tragedy pass un-noticed. Sincerely, Mr.Zack

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