Two surfers rescued at Ocean Beach critically injured

Firefighters at Ocean Beach rescued two surfers Wednesday and responded to two other reports of swimmers in the water that were later unfounded.

The first rescue was reported near Stairwell 20 and Beach Chalet Restaurant around 3:45 p.m., a fire dispatcher said.

Fire crews were able to remove two men who had been surfing out of the water, according to the dispatcher.

Both men suffered critical injuries, the dispatcher said. One was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center and the other was taken to the UC San Francisco Medical Center, according to the dispatcher.

A second rescue was reported for a surfer by the beach near the Cliff House around 4:55 p.m., the dispatcher said.

When crews arrived to the scene the three swimmers who were reported to be in distress were in the parking lot and unscathed, Paramedic Capt. Sebastian Wong said.

A third rescue was reported on the beach at about 6 p.m. when a witness said there was a surfer in distress, Wong said.

The Fire Department and U.S. Coast Guard sent a boat to the surfer who they later learned was not in distress, according to Wong.

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