Update: Man Dies in Waters Below Montage Resort

Robert Mirett of Laguna Niguel was apparently snorkeling at Goff Cove.

UPDATE: The Orange County coroner's office identified the victim as Robert Mirett, 60, of Laguna Niguel. An autopsy has been scheduled.


A snorkeler died off Goff Cove, below the Montage Resort, Laguna Beach Police said Thursday.

According to Capt. Jason Kravetz of the LBPD, a team of lifeguards, fire and police officers were investigating the circumstances as of 5:30 p.m. However, this much is known, according to Kravetz:

Witnesses reported seeing an older man wearing snorkeling gear who entered the ocean at 1:30 pm. Just before 4 p.m., a witness saw the same man floating in the water.

Citizens swam out and brought the man to shore. One called 911 at 3:58 pm and reported the incident.

In the background of the 911 call, other citizens were heard giving CPR to the victim, according to Kravetz. Once emergency crews arrived, the man was pronounced dead.

The identity of the man has not been established. He appeared to be a middle-aged male who also had a backpack on the beach, said Kravetz.

The Orange County coroner’s office is responding to the scene.

Goff Cove is one of several popular spots in Laguna Beach for snorkeling and scuba diving because of the protections it offers from breaking surf.

Woof October 06, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Martino, you're not funny or amusing. Go back under the rock from which you came.
chris st. marie October 06, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Martino, RM, the victim is/was a friend of mine. He was a good man and his wife is suffering terribly from this loss. Why don't you crawl back into the dark, sad place you came from and leave this space available for decent people who would rather honor a person than scorn him? Incidently, he was an athlete and in better condition than most 20 year olds. There's a good chance he was injured.
LagunaVahine October 07, 2012 at 03:00 AM
We, as a community, are saddened by this tragedy. Anytime we hear of such accidents off of our beaches we think of the victim(s) and their loved ones. So sorry for your loss.
michael donaher November 03, 2012 at 05:19 PM
It's tragic and sad when something like this happens but when my time comes I hope its doing something I love and off the beautiful shores of Laguna Beach
ms.sc. November 03, 2012 at 07:33 PM
I agree Michael. And I hope his family is healing from this tragic and sad loss. Robert sounded like a remarkable man who probably was an inspiration to those fortunate to have known him.


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