Body of High School Student Found Near Wharf
Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office confirmed the body found floating in the ocean near Stearn's Wharf on Tuesday is a Santa Barbara High School student.
A jogger in the area reportedly found the body around 6:45 a.m., according to scanner traffic. No foul play is suspected as law enforcement believes this may be a suicide by drowning.
Parents of Santa Barbara High School students confirmed receiving correspondence from Principal John Becchio stating the identified student was Andrew Hernandez.
Dear Parents and Guardians of the SBHS Community,
Please read the following message, which I shared with your students this morning:
I have confirmed that SBHS senior, Andrew Hernandez, died this morning.
I ask that in times like this we bond together as a Dons Family and make sure that we take care of each other. We have a compassion center being set up in the alumni room with counseling services available. Please take the time to console one another and support each other through this tough time, as we try and makes sense of such a tragic piece of news for our school.
Possible water rescue south of the Skate Park on the beach.