SAN DIEGO, CA. (THECOUNT) — Gregg Owens, the Henderson, Nevada, man swept out to sea off Ocean Beach after rescuing his dogs, has died at San Diego, California, area hospital, authorities said Thursday.

Owens and his wife, Maureen, were walking their dogs Wednesday around 2 p.m. near Dog Beach, when the dogs began struggling in the high surf.


The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office said Owens entered into the water and successfully rescued the animals, but was then dragged back into the ocean water by strong currents.

Owens was reportedly swept about 75 yards from shore being slammed into rocks along the way. He was found about 20 minutes later face down and unresponsive.

San Diego Lifeguards rescued Owens and brought him to shore, performing CPR before he was rushed to UC San Diego Medical Center, according to 10news.

The medical examiner said Owens was admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit where he was later pronounced dead.

No other details on the victim were officially released.

The dogs survived and are believed to make a full recovery.

A high surf advisory was issued for San Diego County’s coastline from 10 a.m. Wednesday to 10 p.m. Thursday, bringing large sets and the threat of rip currents to the area’s shores. source

According to Facebook, the couple had recently been vacationing in California when the tragic accident occurred.

Ocean Beach is a vibrant, bohemian neighborhood, with a classic SoCal beach vibe. Surfers and sunbathers fill the namesake beach, while Ocean Beach Pier is a popular local fishing spot with sweeping views. Nearby, Newport Avenue is lined with antiques shops, beachwear and surf boutiques, organic groceries, taquerias and brewpubs. The Ocean Beach Farmers Market features live music, source wikipedia.