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 is survived by a child.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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I had no idea and I live right there on the other side of the street on a boat. The harbor patrol guys are awesome. I’ve seen them in action when Boats are in trouble and at slow times having to deal with people who wander in. I saw them with a car stuck out in the sand. They could have towed it and ticketed the guy and I was surprised they didn’t. It was an older guy that looked to be homeless and they painstakingly dug him out by hand. I just 2 nights ago discovered it’s the fireman in Oxnard just south a few miles at firehouse 51 that respond for boats in trouble of washing up on those rocks. They show up barefoot in wetsuits with only a helmet and get ready to jump in if anyone gets thrown overboard. I’m not surprised to hear that this officer dived into such danger, I only wish I had learned of it sooner as just a few months prior it was the 20th anniversary of his heroic deed. I would like to hear that the woman and her children escaped such fate. Before I do that or anything else I’m walking over there to honor his sacrifice.

-God bless you and your families and Thank you for your service.

David Iverson (resident @1845 spinnaker)
no relation

October 28, 2018

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