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Body found floating in the water near Carlsbad identified

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Posted at 1:19 PM, May 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-02 00:12:28-04

CARLSBAD, Calif. (KGTV) -- The body of a man found floating in the water off the coast of Carlsbad Thursday has been identified as 34-year-old Samuel Palava Santillan, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner.

California Park rangers were contacted just before 11 a.m. about the discovery north of Lifeguard Tower 38.

Authorities said surfers in the area saw a body floating nude in the water and reported the discovery to lifeguards.

Lifeguards performed CPR on the man at the scene, but Santillan was pronounced dead.

The cause of death hasn’t been released at this time. Carlsbad Police are investigating.