Ocean Drowning Victim Identified as Alaska Resident

A 47-year-old man who drowned in the ocean near Dana Point Harbor was identified Saturday as Ronald Petros of Anchorage, Alaska.

Petros was swimming about 30 yards off a rock jetty near the harbor with his 18- and 15-year-old sons about 3 p.m. Friday, when the trio became caught in a riptide, said an Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman.

A 911 call from a witness sent a Dana Point Harbor Patrol launch to the area and all three swimmers were rescued, but Petros was later declared dead at a local hospital.

Petros had been visiting relatives in Laguna Hills with his wife and children, according to a spokesman at the Orange County coroner's office.

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