Coast Guard, San Francisco FD rescue 2 swimmers near China Beach

San Francisco Fire Department members aboard a jet ski assist a distressed swimmer near China Beach, May 20, 2017, Saturday. Coast Guard Station Golden Gate and San Francisco Fire Department rescued 2 hypothermic swimmers. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Garrett Henderson.)

San Francisco Fire Department members aboard a jet ski assist a distressed swimmer near China Beach, May 20, 2017. The jet ski delivered the swimmer to a Coast Guard Station Golden Gate 47-foot Motor Lifeboat (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Garrett Henderson.)

SAUSALITO, Calif. — Coast Guard and San Francisco Fire Department personnel responded to two hypothermic swimmers in the vicinity of China Beach and Land’s End Saturday morning.

Coast Guard Station Golden Gate received notification from Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders at approximately 8 a.m., of a swimmer at China Beach who called 911 in regards to a friend he lost sight of while swimming from China Beach to the nearby rocks.

Station Golden Gate contacted San Francisco Fire Department for assistance to provide jet skis for closer access to the beach if needed, while Station Golden Gate dispatched a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew.

Once on scene, they located the missing swimmer on top of the rocks. Crewmembers from Station Golden Gate were unable to reach the swimmer, so San Francisco Fire Department sent a rescue swimmer and operator aboard a jet ski to assist the distressed swimmer and transfer him to the Coast Guard boat.

The swimmer showed signs of hypothermia and was brought inside the cabin of the boat to provide warmth until they arrived at the Station Golden Gate pier where the man was transferred to emergency medical services personnel for transportation to a local hospital.

The Station Golden Gate watchstander requested further assistance from the San Francisco Fire Department to assist the other swimmer at China Beach who reported signs of hypothermia as well.

“We advise mariners who plan to swim out in the ocean to make sure they have means to contact emergency services and to always wear the appropriate protective equipment,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Worobey, a boatswain’s mate assigned to Station Golden Gate. “Even though the air temperature is warm, it does not mean the water temperature is, so always dress appropriately for the water sport you are participating in.”

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