Fire crews rescue surfer at Ocean Beach

Rescue crews brought a surfer back to shore after he was pulled out to sea at Ocean Beach Tuesday afternoon.

Onlookers phoned in reports of a man who appeared to be in distress at Ocean Beach at Vicente Street at around 2:52 p.m., according to Jonathan Baxter, a spokesperson for the San Francisco Fire Department.

”For an unknown reason, he was separated from his surfboard, was pulled out by a riptide and was unable to get back to shore,” Baxter said of the surfer.

Rescue crews from the fire department, along with the National Park Service, arrived on scene and conducted a “swift” shore-to-water rescue, according to Baxter.

The man was taken to a local hospital for observation and is expected to survive, Baxter said.

Just last weekend, rescue parties searched for two 17-year-old boys from Vallejo who were reported missing after being swept out to sea at Ocean Beach Saturday at around 4:30 p.m. Search parties suspended their efforts later that night and the two teens have been presumed dead then.

Baxter said that the San Francisco Fire Department will continue to encourage Ocean Beach visitors to be aware of rip currents, bigger waves and other possible dangerous conditions.

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