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1 dead after car plunges into bay off Santa Cruz wharf

October 18, 2015

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — One man is dead and another in critical condition after a car plunged off the Santa Cruz wharf.

Santa Cruz fire Battalion Chief Mike Ditano tells the Santa Cruz Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1hLVcuG ) the driver went over an 8-inch parking block then tore through a 4-foot rail and plunged about 20 feet into the ocean Saturday night.

Lifeguards in swim fins and wetsuits swam to the white sedan and brought a man to the surface and swam him to the beach on a paddle board. Minutes later they brought a second man to the surface and swam him to a waiting Coast Guard boat.

Both men were taken to a hospital.

Ditano says it was not clear what caused the driver to drive off the wharf. Eyewitnesses tell the Santa Cruz Sentinel the white Cadillac swerved to avoid a pickup truck leaving the area.

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