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.