A 16-year-old has died in Barbados while surfing big swells caused by Hurricane Irma.
Pro surfer Zander Venezia died on Tuesday on Barbados' east coast, Surfline reports. It is believed that Venezia, who was from Bridgetown, Barbados, hit the shallow reef after getting caught up in a harsh wave. Hurricane Irma has created major swells in the Caribbean and Venezia was one of many pro surfers in Barbados catching waves on Tuesday.
Alan Burke, a surf instructor who was previously a pro surfer himself, told the site, "Autopsy came back. He was knocked unconscious and drowned. No fractures."
Burke also said that pro surfer Nathan Florence got to Venezia first, called to others for help and performed CPR on Venezia.
"Zander was bleeding, and he wasn't moving. They tried to get him to the beach quickly, which was difficult," Burke explained. "'Box by Box' is a tough place to get in and out of, even if you have the ability. There's lots of big rocks around, and some stick out of the water."
Once they got the teen to the beach, they performed CPR and the ambulance arrived. However, once he got to the hospital Venezia was breathing, but he was not responsive.
Venezia's last Instagram post was on Sept. 1, showing a picture of him surfing.
"Had a blast in OBX for the QS and was amazing to score such perfect waves with only 3 other people out," he wrote.