Death at Sharp Park caused by medical problem

A Colorado man who died after swimming at Sharp Park Beach did not drown, San Mateo Coroner officials said Wednesday.

Michael Manak, 48, of Greeley, Colo., was at the Pacifica beach Tuesday afternoon and went swimming in the ocean, according to Pacifica Police Department Capt. Jim Tasa.

Manak fell unconscious and his adult son pulled him from the water while family members called 911 just before 1:30 p.m.

When paramedics arrived, Manak was on the beach, unconscious.

“We can’t confirm that he was still alive,” said Angelina Cuicci, spokeswoman for the North County Fire Department. “We do know they were giving him medical aid at the time of transport.”

Efforts to revive the man were unsuccessful. Manak was pronounced dead at Seton Medical Center in Daly City at 2:13 p.m.

“At this point we’re looking at a natural death with some kind of underlying medical cause,” said deputy coroner Christine Gamble.

Although there is a fierce undertow along the Pacific coastline, Pacifica Police receive very few calls each year from people who have run into trouble in the water, Tasa said.

“We want to remind people, now that we have good weather, that everyone’s going to the beaches and should be aware that there are strong currents and cold water,” Cuicci said. “Be really safe.”

bwinegarner@examiner.com

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