SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- The young girl who died while playing on a Live Oak, Calif., beach with her family Thursday was identified as Lara Rekhi of San Jose, Calif., deputy coroner Jason Fennelly said Saturday.
Lara, 6, died Thursday after a large log washed up on the beach at 24th Avenue and East Cliff Drive, knocking her to the ground.
The cause of death was a skull fracture from the force of the 10-foot-long log striking her head, Fennelly said.
Lara had been playing in the surf line late Thursday morning when the log, heavily saturated with seawater, rolled in to shore.
She was pinned underwater by the log, authorities said.
Others at the beach aided family members in lifting the log off the girl before emergency crews arrived.
Lara was taken to Dominican Hospital, where she was stabilized before being flown to Stanford Hospital. She later died there, according to deputy April Skalland of the Sheriff's Office.
Lara Rekhi is survived by her parents Gaurav Rekhi and Rana Chiruyolu and younger sister Kaira.
The San Jose family was staying at a Santa Cruz vacation rental when the accident happened.
After the accident, the Sheriff's Office urged people to use extra caution while at the beach, particularly with the recent storms.
Churning water can push debris into the ocean, causing hazards. Waves can easily sweep a child or adult off their feet, and the undertow can quickly pull them from shore, according to Skalland. She said extra caution should be taken around cliffs.
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