Swimmer Drowns at Malibu Beach, 78 People Rescued

The unidentified man reportedly got caught in a riptide on Sunday afternoon.

A 29-year-old man drowned at a Malibu beach on Sunday, the Los Angeles County Fire Department confirmed. 

The unidentified man was caught in a riptide off Zuma beach around 3:45 p.m., a Tower 9 lifeguard had seen the man get into difficulty in the water but then lost sight of him. The swimmer, who was apparently at the beach alone, was announced dead at 5:15 p.m., according to authorities. His name is being withheld until next of kin are notified. 

Los Angeles County Lifeguards Capt. Ken Haskett told NBCLA that LA County sheriff's helicopter spotted the man, and they pulled him out of the water to perform CPR to no avail. 

"From the lifeguards that were swimming out to rescue him, he was actively already flailing after he stopped touching the bottom," Haskett said.

He added: "It looked like he did not know how to swim and pretty much immediately went under the water."

As of late afternoon Sunday, Zuma beach lifeguards said they had rescued 78 people from the water. A total of 270 people were rescued in deceptively rough waters off LA county on Sunday.