Tourist, 64, dies on the beach of San Diego and rescues his dogs from high waves

The retired paramedic, 64, dies when powerful waves beat his body into rocks on San Diego beach for his wife after he has jumped into the ocean to save his dogs from the high surf.

  • Gregg Owens, a Nevada tourist visiting San Diego, lost his life and saved his two dogs, Buddy and Gracie
  • Owens, a former paramedic, was 75 meters away from Ocean Beach and thrown against the rocks at the tide
  • Both dogs survived and Owens & # 39; wife, Maureen, was unharmed
  • Ocean Beach was under a high surfing advice due to currents and waves up to 14 feet high

Snejana Farberov for Dailymail.com

A tourist from Nevada visits San Diego with his wife and died after he drove into the ocean to save his two dogs from a powerful wave.

Gregg Owens, 64, a retired paramedic from Henderson, Nevada, died Wednesday morning in a hospital after the outgoing surf had beaten his body against nearby rocks on Ocean Beach.

Both dogs, presumably named Gracie and Buddy, survived.

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Gregg Owens, 64, pictured with his wife Maureen, lost his life on Wednesday while trying to rescue his dogs from the ocean in San Diego

Gregg Owens, 64, pictured with his wife Maureen, lost his life on Wednesday while trying to rescue his dogs from the ocean in San Diego

A wave came in and carried Gracie (foreground) and Buddy (background) to sea on Ocean Beach

A wave came in and carried Gracie (foreground) and Buddy (background) to sea on Ocean Beach

A wave came in and carried Gracie (foreground) and Buddy (background) to sea on Ocean Beach

Owens was able to retrieve the dogs, but then another wave pulled him 75 yards away from the beach and hurled him against rocks.

Owens was able to retrieve the dogs, but then another wave pulled him 75 yards away from the beach and hurled him against rocks.

Owens was able to retrieve the dogs, but then another wave pulled him 75 yards away from the beach and hurled him against rocks.

According to the Medical Examiner Office in San Diego County, Gregg and his wife, Maureen, walked around the beach around 1.45 am when a wave swept in and carried their pets in the water.

Owens rushed into the ocean and was able to retrieve the dogs, but then another wave picked up the man, carried him 75 meters from the beach and crashed into the rocks, Fox5 reported.

Lifeguards on jet skis who reacted to the scene noticed that Owens floated down with his face 20 minutes later.

Ocean Beach was under a high surfing advice due to currents and waves up to 14 feet high

Ocean Beach was under a high surfing advice due to currents and waves up to 14 feet high

Ocean Beach was under a high surfing advice due to currents and waves up to 14 feet high

Lifeguards on jet skis who reacted to the scene noticed that Owens floated down with his face 20 minutes later.

Lifeguards on jet skis who reacted to the scene noticed that Owens floated down with his face 20 minutes later.

Lifeguards on jet skis who reacted to the scene noticed that Owens floated down with his face 20 minutes later.

Both dogs survived, and Maureen Owens escaped unharmed (pictured together)

Both dogs survived, and Maureen Owens escaped unharmed (pictured together)

Both dogs survived, and Maureen Owens escaped unharmed (pictured together)

Before he moved to Nevada, Owens worked as a paramedic in Virginia for over a decade

Before he moved to Nevada, Owens worked as a paramedic in Virginia for over a decade

Before he moved to Nevada, Owens worked as a paramedic in Virginia for over a decade

The rescuers provided resuscitation to the victim before taking him to the UCSD Medical Center's intensive care unit where he was declared dead for his injuries.

At the time of the incident, Ocean Beach was under a high surf advice due to currents and waves up to 14 feet high, resulting in the closure of the pier.

NBC San Diego reported that before he moved to Nevada, Owens worked as a paramedic and crew leader for more than a decade at the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad in Virginia, which honored him on Facebook Thursday.

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