Surfer Dies Following Accident at Rincon Point
Update by edhat staff
March 8, 2021
A Southern California surfer passed away following an accidental collision with another surfer at Rincon Beach on Saturday afternoon.
Ojai resident Gerald "Gerry" Gilhool Jr., 51 passed away Saturday and the official cause of death has not yet been determined, according to the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office.
At 1:20 p.m, Carpinteria-Summerland firefighters joined emergency officials to respond north La Conchita on the Ventura and Santa Barbara county line at Rincon Point.
Witnesses report the waves were large and the water was crowded with surfers. Gilhool reportedly caught a wave while another surfer was in the water rolling under a wave beneath him. Gilhool's board cut the other rider's head and face as Gilhool wiped out.
He was pulled to shore where emergency personnel arrived and began life-saving efforts. He was then transported to Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura via ground ambulance where he was later pronounced dead.
The other surfer involved in the collision was transported to a hospital but his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.
Gilhool previously worked as a tour manager for the band Dawes who posted a tribute on their Instagram page.
"As anyone that knew him will definitely attest to, Gerry had the biggest personality of anyone you’ve ever met... But when Gerry loved you, when he considered you a friend, he would do literally anything for you," the statement read.
Source: Carpinteria Summerland Fire Protection District
March 6, 2021
On March 6th, 2021 at approximately 1:20 pm, the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Water Rescue Team responded to a report of a surfer in distress at Rincon beach. Units responded with the Ventura County Fire Department who first arrived on-scene and immediately began life saving efforts. The victim was described as a man in his 50s. He was treated and transported to the hospital by Paramedics. The cause and extent of his injuries are unknown at this time.