Wife of drowning victim: ‘What was he thinking?’

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SAN DIEGO – The wife of the 46-year old La Mesa man who died after being caught in a rip current in Ocean Beach is questioning what was going through her husband’s mind when he jumped into the ocean.

“I said what’s going on with him?” said Maria Ughetto. “What’s he thinking? Why did he go swimming at this time at the beach.”

“My heart is broken because I don’t have my husband anymore… and he was everything for me,” said Ughetto.

Ughetto, a retired army veteran, went swimming near the Ocean Beach Pier died Saturday night at a local hospital, despite efforts by lifeguards to save him, authorities said.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office Sunday identified him as Cesar Ughetto, 46, who had gone out to dinner with family and friends in Ocean Beach before he went in the ocean. Ughetto disappeared from view shortly after entering the water, 911 was called and lifeguards began their search, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Lifeguards found Ughetto under water, got him to shore and began life- saving efforts including CPR.

“When I saw it on the internet it and FOX 5, for me it is very horrible because I never thought that something like that would happen to my husband,” said Ughetto.

When paramedics arrived, Ughetto was put on advanced cardiac life support and taken to an emergency room.

He was pronounced dead at 9:44 p.m., authorities said.

Maria says the two have been legally married for more than 15 years and have kids together in Arizona.

She says an immigration problem regarding her legal residency, that has lasted five years, has forced her to stay in her home country of Honduras.

Now she is fighting the U.S. Embassy for an expedited pass to return to San Diego for one final farewell.

“I fight for this part. I need to go see (my husband) for the last time. I need somebody to help me to go and see him.”

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