A man who died while surfing at Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica on Monday was identified as 60-year-old Thomas Ormsby, according to the San Mateo County coroner’s bureau.
Ormsby, a Pacifica resident, was surfing with his son at about 9:30 a.m. when he died. Surfers at the beach told Pacifica police that they saw a surfboard fly into the air and then saw Ormsby floating in the water.
They pulled him back to shore and called for help. Rescue crews arrived and took him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Police initially reported that Ormsby had drowned, but coroner’s officials said that has not yet been confirmed. While he was surfing nearby, Ormsby’s son was not nearby when the accident happened and did not see how he died.