Off-duty paramedic aids in rescue of unconscious surfer in San Francisco
Officials say the off-duty paramedic and another surfer started CPR and helped bring the injured victim to shore
SFGate, San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Fire Department is calling a rescue two surfers performed Sunday night in the tumultuous waters off Fort Point heroic.
The incident occurred shortly after 5 p.m., according to SFFD Lt. Jonathan Baxter, when a "body boarder ran into a large rock, becoming unconscious and submerged underwater."
Two surfers, one of them an off-duty paramedic, spotted the body and immediately started CPR in the water as they brought him in through the surf zone onto shore.
Paramedics with the fire department continued life-saving measures on land, Baxter said.
The victim was in critical condition with shock trauma and was transported to a local trauma center.
Northern California beaches are seeing large breaking waves up to 20-25 feet and the Weather Service has a high surf advisory in effect through 7 p.m. Monday.
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UPDATE-- SURFERS PERFORMED HEROIC RESCUE -- ADULT SURFER IN CRITICAL CONDITION WITH BYSTANDER CPR STARTED-- SFFD PARAMEDICS PERFORMING LIFE-SAVING MEASURES -- AVOID AREA @GGNRANPSAlerts @NWSBayArea https://t.co/TJ6rVoWubc— SAN FRANCISCO FIRE DEPARTMENT MEDIA (@SFFDPIO) December 14, 2020