Stepmother of Calif. drowning victim criticizes emergency response

Fire department has since instituted an immediate policy change after the death of Raymond Zack


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.

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