Harbor Patrol Officer Paul D. Korber

Harbor Patrol Officer Paul D. Korber

Ventura Port District Harbor Patrol, California

End of Watch Sunday, March 15, 1998

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Paul D. Korber

Harbor Patrol Officer Paul Korber drowned while attempting to save a woman and her three children from a treacherous riptide near a jetty.

Officer Korber was assisting in the rescue when he sank beneath churning surf for at least 30 seconds. He was pulled from the water unconscious. Several lifeguards administered CPR on Officer Korber but were unable to revive him. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital after extensive efforts to revive him failed.

The area that he was making the rescue is well-known for treacherous conditions.

Officer Korber was a Vietnam War veteran. He is survived by a child.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

water rescue

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Today I reached out to say hi to someone I hadn't seen since 1972. We served together in Viet Nam. When I came home I camped across the country with 3 high school buds. We came to LA and I looked you up, or so I thought. I dialed the #, only to get your dad. He was happy to hear my story and invited us up to his apt. that evening for your 22nd birthday. The doorman could not believe these 4 disheveled guy were going up to see your dad. He called up and dad said yup sendem up. The surprise on your face was so funny. We partied and had a ball for 2 days.
I googled you today and was saddened to read of your passing. I am so sorry! You died a hero as to be expected. You served your country as I did and we became pals in such a horrible place. I hope you are at peace brother.

Sgt. Anthony Sanders

March 17, 2021

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