“They were both screaming frantically for help. There was no way I was going to be able to save them both.”
A woman tossed herself off the Huntington Beach Pier into the lineup last Sunday. Her brother did the lemming walk close behind.
Witnesses on the pier told police that a woman, 36, was dangling off the pier’s rail along with a male, 36, identified as Fenton Austin Dee, 43. She was claiming that she wanted to jump but was wavering.
According to onlookers, the two were debating about the plunge.
“It looked like she just wanted to jump for fun, like she wanted to do it and then she didn’t,” Edmundo Alarcon, who recorded the event on video, told the LA Times. “You can tell he didn’t want to [jump]. I don’t know if he was trying to stop her.”
Surfer Landon Holman, bobbing in the solid evening swell, saw the duo hovering above.
“We’re kind of bantering back and forth,” he told People Magazine, “but I said no, it’s not a good idea to jump, not only will you get in trouble. It’s dangerous in these waters if you don’t know what you’re doing.”
They jumped anyway.
“Immediately they knew they made the wrong decision,” Holman said. “They were both screaming frantically for help. I got there pretty quickly — they were both grasping onto my board. There was no way I was going to be able to save them both.”
After getting the woman to the sand, Holman went back to help Dee, brought him in and attempted CPR until medics arrived, but Dee was already gone. Eight bells.
Last month, I wrote about the sad sack who stuffed a gun in his face in the Vero Beach, Florida, line-up. I suggested we write it off to the unknowable crockpot of the head.
Brother and sister: full-on thrill seekers. Forget life’s controlled burn.
Let it rip, damn the consequences. At least that‘s what the sister can say, huh?
Toxicology reports yet to be released.
By the way, what’s the oddest thing you’ve seen fly off your local pier?