By Peter Hegarty and Kristin Bender
Contra Costa Times
ALAMEDA, Calif. — For much of Monday morning, Dolores Berry watched helplessly as her depressed and despondent adult stepson stood in neck-deep waters off a bustling Alameda beach, raising his arms above his head at times, and then floating 150 yards into the icy bay waters.
Nobody — not firefighters, police, passers-by or Berry, 84, — moved into the 55-degree water to try to pull the 280-pound, suicidal man to safety.
Stepmother of Calif. drowning victim criticizes emergency response