Dead Surfer Found Off Santa Cruz Island Identified

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Authorities have found the body of a 43-year-old San Diego man who disappeared while surfing with friends off Santa Cruz Island.

John M. Wagner was found dead in the water about 20 miles south
of Ventura Harbor on Friday, the Ventura County coroner's office
said.

While surfing a break on the island with friends, Wagner went
underwater for unknown reasons about 5 p.m., according to a Coast
Guard official. The island is part of the Channel Islands National Park, and it was park rangers who found his body.

The autopsy will be conducted in Santa Barbara County where the
death occurred.

Wagner's death comes six days after a shark killed triathelete David Martin off Solana Beach.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-05-04-08 1406EDT


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