Stranded Swimmer Rescued Off Rocks by Coast Guard Helicopter Crew

SAN FRANCISCO – A 30 year-old man was rescued by an Air Station San Francisco helicopter crew after being swept out to sea while swimming with friends near McKay Falls in Big Sur Tuesday evening.

Three people were swimming near McKay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park Tuesday evening when all three were swept out to sea. Two made it safely back to shore under their own power and called 911. The National Parks Service, the Monterey Fire Department, and a helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco all responded to the scene.

The Coast Guard helicopter located the distressed swimmer clinging to rocks surrounded by water. The Coast Guard helicopter successfully hoisted the swimmer from the rocks and transferred him to awaiting Emergency Medical Services at the Monterey Airport.

The individual was reported to be in stable condition.

The local weather conditions were 8 foot seas with a 10 mph wind.

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