A surfer found himself in a tough situation Monday after he became stuck on Seal Rock and had to jump down several feet into the water, under the watchful eye of rescue crews nearby.
Authorities received word of the surfer’s predicament around 11:37 a.m. Monday, and crews from both the San Francisco Police Department and the Fire Department responded soon after.
Fire officials said he had been out with a friend, but started cramping up and couldn't swim back to shore. Instead, he climbed to the top of the rock while his friend swam to the beach and called for help.
The responding crews arrived to discover that a boat would be unable to reach the surfer because of his location, according to USCG Lt. JG Joshua Dykman.
The Coast Guard had requested a helicopter to hoist the man from the rock but just before 12:30 p.m., the surfer safely jumped off the rock, down several feet into the water, where two firefighter swimmers were waiting for him.
The surfer and the two rescuers then paddled to an SFPD boat, which picked them up and transported the surfer to the Hyde Street Pier near Fisherman's Wharf, where medical personnel were waiting.
The rescued surfer was reported having no injures, according to Dykman.
Fire officials said the surfer was a novice and they hope people will realize the water and tides this time of year are particularly dangerous.
"Make sure you go out in partners and stay vigilant and also know what your skill level is because the water has been rough,” said San Francisco Fire Department Battalion Chief Khai Ali.
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