Appears to be a rescue operation in progress at Ocean Beach. 2 teens stuck past the break. SFFD & USCG on scene. pic.twitter.com/T8rIyBS8Jf— Eddie Codel (@ekai) April 17, 2016
Yesterday in the midst of our heatwave at Ocean Beach, a group of five teenage friends went running hand-in-hand into the surf in swim trunks, and only three made it back to shore. As ABC 7 and the Chronicle are reporting, two boys, both 17, were swept out by a strong rip current and separated from their friends, and as of 9 p.m. the search for the missing pair was called off. They were both described by their friends as the weakest swimmers in the group, and they are presumed drowned.
This all happened around 4:20 p.m. when the Coast Guard received the first report of the missing boys just south of the southernmost windmill on the beach. A rescue effort that included air, land, and sea teams, including jet skis, lasted five hours, until sunset, but Fire Department spokesman Jonathan Baxter said that the Coast Guard estimates that the current could have potentially dragged the boys' bodies 15 miles offshore in that time.
He added, "Ocean Beach conditions on a good day are generally enough to pull a grown man into the water."
What's especially scary in the ABC 7 account is that the group was standing in waist-deep water when the boys were pulled out by the current.
No rescue effort will continue Sunday. National Park Service rescue staff are warning beachgoers today about the rip current, and according to a tweet, telling people to continue to keep an eye out for the missing boys.
The three surviving boys, two aged 17 and one 18, were taken to UCSF Hospital in stable condition.
#OBR16 UPDATE ACTIVE SEARCH FOR TWO MISSING 17yo boys IN PROGRESS ONE IN BLUE SHORTS ONE IN GRAY SHORTS AVOID AREA pic.twitter.com/9k48DQB8Wr— San Francisco Fire (@sffdpio) April 17, 2016
2 teenagers swept into the surf at Ocean Beach have been recovered. But 2 remain in the water. A search continues. pic.twitter.com/3ipFFqrmjL— Sergio Quintana (@svqjournalist) April 17, 2016
NPS Beach Rescue staff on Ocean Beach continuing to warn people about conditions and keep watch for the two youth missing since yesterday.— Golden Gate NRA (@GoldenGateNPS) April 17, 2016