Man who went Surfing after Beach Closure Dies a Week Later from Aggressive Staph Infection.
Jan 06, 2015 08:13PM ● Published by Paul Spear
Barry, who went surfing at Sunset Cliffs while "Beach Closure" and "Warning Signs" were up not to go into water after a rain storm died a week later due to an aggressive staph infection.
Barry went surfing at Sunset Cliffs a week before Christmas, right after a rain storm and during beach closure and died a week later on Christmas day morning. He first showed flu like symptoms that got progressively worse. A couple of days later Barry went into a coma for a few days later he passed away Christmas Day morning.
The staph infection took over his body and attacked a heart valve replacement Barry had last February. Health officials said there is no way to confirm whether surfing in the contaminated water caused the staff infection but Sally, His wife said she still wanted to remind people of the dangers of going into the water after rain storms and just be patient as there will be more waves again. Also, two others suring with him that day became ill as well.With the number of beach closures we get in Imperial Beach for beach closures, it is very important that we stay out of the water until the Health Department reopens the beach. Please listen to Barry's wife Sally and wait until the beach reopens.