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ENCINITAS, Calif. – A surfer was found dead at Swami’s Beach in Encinitas Friday morning, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department said.

Someone called the Sheriff’s department around 5:10 a.m. after finding the body of a man in a wetsuit face down on the beach next to a broken surfboard. Sheriff’s deputies and paramedics were sent to the scene at the 1300 block of South Coast Highway 101. The man was pronounced dead around 5:40 a.m. Technicians from the county Medical Examiner’s Office were also at the scene.

The surfer was identified as Kenneth A. Mann, a 61-year-old man from Encinitas.

He was not taken to the hospital. It was unclear what caused his death.

This week’s high surf may have contributed to the man’s death, Encinitas Lifeguard Capt. Larry Giles said.

“If you’re going to be going out surfing, swimming, it’s always recommended by the lifeguards to go out with a buddy. Or you can go into an area that’s frequented by other surfers, (so if) you run into a situation, there’s someone there who can provide you aid and assist you back to the beach if you need help,” Giles said.