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Nikiski firefighter drowns in Southern California

Emergency workers try to save the life of Matthew Quiner who drowned Ocotber 8 in Oxnard, CA.
Emergency workers try to save the life of Matthew Quiner who drowned Ocotber 8 in Oxnard, CA.(KEYT)
Published: Oct. 10, 2021 at 3:57 PM AKDT|Updated: Oct. 11, 2021 at 3:30 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Nikiski Fire Department is mourning the loss of one of their own. Matthew Quiner, 54, drowned Friday at a beach in Oxnard, California about 60 miles west of Los Angeles.

Quiner was an engineer with the Nikiski Fire Department.

KEYT-TV out of Santa Barbara reported that police responded to a 911 call from a beachgoer who spotted a man face-down in the water near the shore. First responders attempted to resuscitate Quiner. He was eventually taken to St. Johns Regional Medical Center where, according to KEYT-TV, Quiner died.

A GoFundMe account set up for the family says Quiner was on vacation with his family when he drowned.

On Monday, the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office told Alaska’s News Source that they determined Quiner drowned after suffering a heart attack, and that his death was accidental.

Coworkers said Quiner had been with the department since 2002.

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Editor’s note: This article has been updated with additional information.

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