Quantcast

3 teenagers saved from drowning, among others rescued during busy Ocean Beach weekend

Photo: SFFD/Twitter
By Teresa Hammerl - Published on August 17, 2020.

San Francisco Fire Department and National Park Service ocean rescue staff saw an increase in calls this weekend as people flocked to Ocean Beach to beat the heatwave.

On Friday, two adults were rescued near the Great Highway and Taraval Street and assisted by rescue units. On the same afternoon, a 22-year-old man was rescued near the Great Highway and Quintara Street.

On Saturday afternoon, three teenagers in danger of drowning were saved by seven rescue swimmers, a Coast Guard helicopter and rescue boat. One of the teenagers required CPR, but all three survived, officials said.

Later that day, rescue units responded  to a beachgoer reporting a broken leg. Another person was rescued and taken to the trauma center after getting injured on the cliff near the USS San Francisco Memorial.

Photo: SFFD/Twitter

15 surf and three cliff rescues were conducted in total from last Friday to Sunday, officials said, adding that public safety workers provided 1800 beach goers with coastal, COVID-19, lightning and surf safety information.

Officials said that while the coastline is beautiful, it poses many hazards. Several times each year, swimmers and surfers have to be rescued from the water, where waves regularly top three feet and temperatures average 56 degrees, even during summer months.

Photo: SFFD/Twitter

Early in June, a 31-year-old man died after he was caught in a current and carried out to sea at Ocean Beach. The same day, a second swimmer, a 22-year-old man, survived following a rescue by a surfer.

Later that month, five teenagers were rescued from the water at Ocean Beach, two of whom were transported to a hospital in critical condition.

Because the heavy surf at Ocean Beach has created sandbars offshore, incoming waves are forced into a large trough along the shoreline. As the water flows back to sea between two sandbars, it creates a rip current.

To get out of a rip current, swimmers should swim parallel to shore to escape the current, then paddle back to shore once they've broken free. As long as a swimmer knows what to do, has enough energy and can suppress a panic response, the odds are in their favor. However, swimming is strongly discouraged at Ocean Beach.

As the heatwave continues, make sure to check out all safety tips online before you go to the beach.

About 16 hours ago
San Francisco Castro

LA-based deli Heroic Italian opens pop-up in Castro with delicious sandwiches and salads

Los Angeles-based sandwich outfit Heroic Italian recently got its feet wet in the Bay Area, launching a pop-up in mid-December inside wine and spirits shop Swirl on Castro (572 Castro Street). With online ordering available, it's a quick and delicious lunch or dinner option — and if you pick it up yourself rather than opting for DoorDash delivery, you can snag a bottle of wine too. Read More

Jan 14, 2021
San Francisco Financial District Union Square

Marshalls store in the Financial District to close on January 30

SF’s only Marshalls location has its days numbered, as the discount apparel retailer will close its Market Street store. Read More

Jan 13, 2021
San Francisco Bayview Hunters Point Polk

Two new homeless Navigation Centers announced for Bayview and Polk Gulch

Supportive housing for more 115 people is coming to a Bayview parking lot, while 43 beds will be available at Post and Hyde Streets.] Read More

Jan 13, 2021
San Francisco Bayview Excelsior Visitacion Valley

Revamp of Jerry Garcia Amphitheater aims to improve access to McLaren Park venue

Renovations to the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park are underway to make the site more accessible and improve facilities for concert performers and attendees alike. Read More