ALAMEDA (KCBS) – A group of Alameda residents waded into the Bay on Sunday to demonstrate just how easy it would have been to save an at-risk man bent on suicide on Memorial Day.

53-year-old Raymond Zack waded into the Bay off Crown Memorial State Beach on May 30. First responders said there was nothing they could do since they weren’t properly trained and allowed Zack to drown.

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It was later revealed that the Alameda Fire Department had set aside money for such training.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

Rosemary McNally spent 15 minutes in the water on Sunday to make her point.

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“I believe something should have been done,” she said. “I want to show that the water is fairly calm, shallow and warm.”

David Howard helped organize the event and said the drowning is nothing for the city to be proud of.

“It was shocking for a lot of people to hear the statements that Interim Fire Chief Mike D’Orazi made after the incident about budget cuts being a problem,” Howard said. “Those have been proved false. The memo that Chief D’Orazi cited saying there was budget cuts proved to be wrong. At the end of that memo, it says budget funding has been reapproved.”

Alameda officials have remained silent on the issue as demands for an independent investigation grow.

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