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Surfer dies during night session on Malibu coast

December 21, 2018 GMT

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — A surfer has died during a night session on the Malibu coast.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Morgan Arteaga says deputies were called to Topanga Beach shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday and the man was later pronounced dead.

Arteaga says the death was due to a “medical episode” while surfing but there are no further details.

Much of the Southern California coast has been under a high surf advisory due to the latest in a series of large west-northwest swells.

The National Weather Service warned of strong rip currents that can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea.

The advisory is due to expire at noon Friday.