Updated at 3:30 p.m. April 3, 2017
Authorities released the name of a 27-year-old tourist who drowned last week after jumping off the Ocean Beach Pier to try to retrieve some belongings from the heavy nighttime surf.
Kevin Chilson-Moyers of Mesquite, Nevada, was on the pier with his girlfriend Friday evening when he got into a dispute with two other men, one of whom grabbed his backpack and tossed it over the edge of the structure, according to San Diego police and the county Medical Examiner’s Office.
Chilson-Moyers jumped into the ocean and got dragged under by rough waves and caught up in thick seaweed. Lifeguards eventually were able to locate and rescue him, and medics took him to UCSD Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 10 p.m.
A Go Fund Me page was set up for burial expenses.
“Please help up bring Kevin home from the San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office so he can have a proper burial and funeral,” said the site, which had raised $1,700 as of 2 p.m. Monday. “Thank you so much for helping us in our time of need.”
City News Service contributed to this report.
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