Windsurfer found dead west of Golden Gate Bridge

The body of a male windsurfer who went missing off Crissy Field on Saturday afternoon was later recovered about 2½ miles west of the Golden Gate Bridge, U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Junior Grade Jeremy Pichette confirmed this evening.

The man's name has not yet been released.

A Coast Guard helicopter spotted the man in the water at 6:18 p.m. He had been reported missing about two hours earlier. A Coast Guard motorboat then recovered the body.

“He had no vitals by the time he was brought on board,” Pichette said. He said the man was wearing a wetsuit but did not have a radio.

Crewmembers performed CPR to no avail.

Pichette said the man was taken to Coast Guard Station Golden Gate in Sausalito, where paramedics pronounced him dead. The body was transferred to the Marin County coroner's office.

Pichette said he could not speculate on whether the man had drowned. He said the body was found intact.

The coroner will make a determination on a cause of death.

A pedestrian walking on the Golden Gate Bridge reported seeing a surfboard and a sail in the water east of the bridge near Crissy Field about 4:30 p.m., according to Pichette. The Coast Guard then launched a helicopter and boat for the search.

A description provided by a friend of the windsurfer at Crissy Field matched the description of the body recovered, Pichette said.

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