Surf haz­ard — third res­cue in 24 hours at S.F. beaches

San Francisco Chronicle - - BAY AREA - By Ash­ley McBride

A surfer was res­cued from the waves at San Fran­cisco’s Ocean Beach on Fri­day af­ter­noon be­fore be­ing rushed to the hos­pi­tal in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, au­thor­i­ties said.

The San Fran­cisco Fire Depart­ment re­sponded to the in­ci­dent shortly af­ter 12:30 p.m., and a pub­lic alert was is­sued for peo­ple to avoid a

4-mile stretch of

Ocean Beach in the area be­tween Cliff House and Sloat Boule­vard.

Emer­gency re­spon­ders per­formed CPR on the surfer be­fore he was taken to UCSF Med­i­cal Cen­ter, said Jonathan Bax­ter, a Fire Depart­ment spokesman. Af­ter mul­ti­ple at­tempts at re­viv­ing the man, of­fi­cials trans­ported him in crit­i­cal

con­di­tion to the hos­pi­tal’s trauma cen­ter.

Fri­day’s in­ci­dent was the third surf res­cue the Fire Depart­ment re­ported in the past 24 hours.

On Thurs­day, of­fi­cials re­sponded to a swim­mer in dis­tress at Fort Point around 3:15 p.m. A few hours later, an­other re­port came in for a surfer need­ing help at Ocean Beach near Law­ton Street. Both sur­vived.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice is­sued a hazardous waves ad­vi­sory for beach­go­ers Thurs­day af­ter­noon into Fri­day morn­ing. Of­fi­cials warned that un­sus­pect­ing swim­mers could be swept out to sea.

Waves swelled to 10 feet on Thurs­day and Fri­day, of­fi­cials said, but fore­cast­ers ex­pect milder waves this week­end mea­sur­ing 4 to 5 feet.

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