A family is mourning the loss of a young man who drowned at Sandy Beach Sunday afternoon.
Josiah Ramos, 19, was bodysurfing with his friends. They told police they last saw him at around 2:30 p.m., and thought he might have wandered off.
Then, at around 5:30 p.m., a diver found him unresponsive underwater. It was around the same spot he was last seen three hours earlier.
He was brought ashore, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. Autopsy results confirm that he drowned.
Frannie Ramos received the phone call no parent should ever get, from a police officer who told her something happened to her son.
It’s never a good time when you hear or read about such a tragic incident. Especially to us locals, the beach is our home. These beach parks, surf spots we all hold close to us, have no compassion. Anything can happen at any moment regardless of how experienced a waters man you may be. And it’s stories like this that remind me of such truth. My heart goes out to the Ramos Ohana.