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High surf: man in grave condition after rescue in Venice Beach

File photo of high surf on July 24, 2009 in Newport Beach, California.
File photo of high surf on July 24, 2009 in Newport Beach, California.
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A 27-year-old man vacationing from Chicago had to be pulled from the water and given CPR in Venice Beach Thursday evening.

The man wasn't breathing when his friends pulled him out of the water at about 6 p.m., NBC4 reports. He had been swimming with them but then got separated.

The man had not been breathing for 10 minutes before he was resuscitated by lifeguards, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was in grave condition as of Thursday night.

A storm off Mexico's Pacific coast High surf battered Southern California's shores this week due to a storm system off Mexico's Pacific coast. The big waves caused damage to coastal structures across Los Angeles and Orange counties and a surfer was killed in rough waters in Malibu on Tuesday.