Woman rescued from rip current near Muir Beach

11th Coast Guard District NewsALAMEDA, Calif. – In a multi-agency operation, crews from the Coast Guard, National Park Service, and California Highway Patrol joined forces to help rescue a 17-year-old woman from the waters near Muir Beach on Wednesday.

At approximately 5:45 p.m., the woman was in Tennessee Cove when witnesses noticed she was in distress and fighting a rip current. A good Samaritan and National Park Service crews worked together to bring her to shore. Within 20 minutes, Coast Guard rescue crews from a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station San Francisco and 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Station Golden Gate came to the aid of the unconscious woman.  After a rescue swimmer was lowered from the Coast Guard helicopter to administer first aid, the woman was later transported by a C.H.P. helicopter to John Muir Campus Hospital in Walnut Creek where she was reported to be in critical condition.

This case is another example of the ferocity of the Northern California Coast. The Coast Guard would like to remind anyone who is going on the beach to be cautious of rip currents, rogue waves, and walking on the rocks, even during a seemingly calm day. These conditions can be magnified without warning, which can increase the threat of being swept out to sea. If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore and do not panic. Remember to conserve energy and wave for help if someone is on the beach. Be conscientious of your children and keep them in sight at all times. Only swim in areas which lifeguards are on duty. The Coast Guard highly encourages swimmers, surfers and other people doing activities, on or near the water, to always go with a friend and to notify somebody else of where you are going and when you will return.


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