Coast Guard suspends active search for missing 14 year old off Ocean Beach

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ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Coast Guard suspended its active search at 1:30 p.m., Thursday for a 14-year-old boy who went missing off of Ocean Beach in San Francisco near Lincoln Way and Great Highway at approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday.

A father, son and a cousin were on the beach when the son was swept out by waves. The father rushed into the surf to attempt to help his son but was unable to do so. A nearby surfer was able to assist the father and cousin back to shore.

Search Patterns for missing 14 year old off Ocean Beach in San Francisco

Search Patterns for missing 14 year old off Ocean Beach in San Francisco

The Coast Guard received a call from San Francisco Fire Department dispatch and immediately deployed a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat and 29-foot response boat small rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Golden Gate, and a rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco.

Coast Guard Cutter Sockeye arrived on scene late Wednesday and searched throughout the night.

Thursday’s search involved a second Coast Guard Air Station’s helicopter aircrew, Coast Guard Station Golden Gate’s 47- foot Motor Lifeboat and a 29-foot response boat small rescue crew, National Park Service’s rescue boat and swimmers, San Francisco Police Department’s marine unit, and with San Francisco Fire Department who searched shoreside.

In total, the Coast Guard and partner agencies searched approximately 64 square miles for over 20 straight hours.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of those affected by this tragedy,” said Capt. Greg Stump, commander at Coast Guard Sector San Francisco. “This accident serves as a stark reminder of the hazards that exist along our coast for boaters, swimmers, and beachgoers. We urge the public to be wary of sneaker waves and rip currents and remind them to immediately call for help when someone is in trouble in the water.”

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