Farmworker dies in field outside Merced

A fieldworker died Monday after fainting in a tomato field southeast of Merced, the Merced County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The 61-year-old man told fellow workers he wasn’t feeling well and fainted in a field shortly before 5 p.m. in the area of Healy and McMaster roads, said Sheriff Vern Warnke.

Fellow workers took the man in the back of a truck to a designated resting area, began life-saving efforts and called 911, deputies said.

The man had a medical history and had visited his doctor about a week ago, deputies said. Temperatures in the Merced area late Monday afternoon were close to 90 degrees, according to Weather Underground.

The Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as Cal/OSHA, and the man’s employer was informed of his death, according to deputies.

The man’s name was being withheld while deputies attempted to notify his family members, who are out of the state, Warnke said.