Dr. Onik Arian, a longtime Ventura resident who worked for two decades in the emergency room at St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo until moving to Northern California about a year ago, died over the weekend after a wave swept him off a jetty, officials said Monday. Arian was 61.
Arian hit his head on the jetty's rocks in the Sunday morning accident in Crescent City and died of blunt-force trauma, the Del Norte County Sheriff's Department said.
Arian, an avid bird-watcher, was swept off the jetty while taking part in the Audubon Society's holiday season bird count in Crescent City, located in the northwest corner of the state about 20 miles south of the Oregon border. His body was recovered almost immediately, said Sheriff's Cmdr. Bill Steven.