According to the reports from the police, first responders are currently scouring the coastal waters off of Pacifica for a student from San Francisco State University who went missing early Thursday morning while swimming in the ocean.
At approximately 10:30 in the morning, officers and firefighters went to reports of a swimmer in danger at Esplanade Beach in Pacifica.
When they arrived, they located two males who reported their friend had been struck by a strong wave and pulled away from the coast, according to police. The two men successfully made it to land and immediately contacted the authorities.
Rescue crews — including the U.S. Coast Guard, California State Parks, the California Highway Patrol, and the San Bruno Police Department — could not locate the missing swimmer Thursday afternoon, police added.
The missing swimmer was last seen wearing black shorts, and investigators say he weighs 215 pounds, is 6 feet 1 inch tall, and has a height of 6 feet 1 inch. His identity has not been released.
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“We are aware of reports of a search for an SF State student in the waters off Pacifica,” SFSU’s statement read.
Everyone associated with San Francisco State University is praying for a speedy and complete recovery. Our thoughts are with the student’s family, friends and classmates.”
On Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued two coastal hazard alerts that will extend till Monday — one due to king tides and the other is the enhanced risk of sneaker waves and rip currents.
King tides are exceptionally high tides 1 to 2 feet higher than the average high tide. Sneaker waves are destructive and potentially deadly extreme waves that suddenly strike a beach and can sweep people off the sand and into the ocean.
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And rip currents are narrow channels of fast-moving water in the sea that can quickly pull swimmers far from shore.
The alerts, NWS forecaster Brooke Bingaman said, come just as the drier weather forecast for this weekend and as king tides inundate beaches.
The NWS has also issued a Beach Hazard Statement that takes effect from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon to warn beachgoers of the “increased risk of sneaker waves and strong rip currents along the coast, especially for northwest facing beaches,” from Point Reyes to Big Sur.
“People need to realize there are hazards with the ocean this weekend,” she said. “The king tides, the incoming swells, plus the fact that many beaches still have a lot of debris from all the rain — logs and branches that may be in the water.”
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