US Coast Guard Rescues SF Surfer

By Lisa Fernandez
|  Monday, Jan 21, 2013  |  Updated 2:02 PM PDT
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A surfer jumped to safety on Monday after he was stranded on Seal Rock in San Francisco. The Coast Guard rushed in to help.

A surfer jumped to safety on Monday after he was stranded on Seal Rock in San Francisco. The Coast Guard rushed in to help.

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A bodysurfer who got stranded off of San Francisco's Ocean Beach Monday morning was rescued after he jumped into the ocean and was escorted to safety by crews on surfboards.

The San Francisco Fire Department received a report at 10:21 a.m. that the bodysurfer was stranded near Seal Rock on the northern end of Ocean Beach, and a team of emergency crews jumped into action.

Crews from the city's police and fire departments and the U.S. Coast Guard responded, along with a police boat.

From the NBC Bay Area chopper, the surfer cold be seen at times climbing up a huge cliff, and then just about 12:30 p.m., jumping into the ocean with an orange Coast Guard helicopter hovering above.

David Cruz, a photographer of Natures Lanter who lives nearby, took these photos of the rescue. To see more of them, click here.

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