A group of Alameda residents waded into the water at Crown Beach on Sunday morning to demonstrate the conditions rescuers would have faced if they had gone in after a suicidal man who drowned on Memorial Day.
On Sunday morning, the tides at the beach were similar the ones Raymond Zack, 53, entered on May 30, according to the organizers of the Raymond Zack memorial "wade-out."
Zack went into the frigid water and eventually lost consciousness while police and fire personnel watched from the shore, according to police transcripts of the incident. The emergency responders waited about an hour for a rescue boat that was unable to reach him and then a helicopter that came too late.
Fire department policy prohibited rescuers from going in after Zack because their water-rescue certification had lapsed, a deputy fire chief said the day after the drowning. A good Samaritan pulled Zack from the water, and he was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
The participants of Sunday's wade-out wanted to show how easily rescuers could have accessed him, organizers said.
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