Blake Dresner, a 24-year-old North San Diego County lifeguard, was killed after suffering a “traumatic surfing injury” at the Playa Abierta beach break, in Mexico last week. Today, Monday 24th August, the Encinitas community is gathering at Moonlight Beach at 10 am to honor the life of the 24-year-old surfer.
Dresner was in Salina Cruz, Mexico with his closest friends when he suffered the fatal injury. According to one of the surfers on the trip, Dresner pulled into a closeout tube at a beach break and suffered an injury to the main artery in his neck while underwater, reports Surfer.
Desperate efforts were made on the beach to save his life, but sadly Dresner passed away before an ambulance arrived on the scene. When local police arrived on the scene, they cordoned off the beach, believing it to be a murder scene.
The Encinitas Lifesaving Association released a statement Tuesday:
“It is with great sadness the Encinitas Lifesaving Association says goodbye to our friend and fellow lifeguard Blake Dresner. Blake was a talented waterman and skilled lifeguard whose kindness and positive energy elevated the ELA and improved our community. We keep in our hearts Blake was doing what he loved…”
The Encinitas Lifesaving Association is taking donations, which will be used to provide lifesaving support and training in foreign surfing nations. If you would like to donate, please go to the Encinitas Lifesaving Association FaceBook page.