One still missing in waters near Ocean Beach

Alex Yang, Staff Writer

The U.S. Coast Guard and San Francisco Fire Department are conducting a search for a 14-year-old boy who was reported missing Wednesday afternoon in the waters near Ocean Beach. Two others who were with the boy were rescued by 17-year-old surfer Tony Barbero.

A rescue call came in around 4 p.m. Wednesday from Lincoln Way and The Great Highway at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach.

ocean beach-rescueWhile the boys were playing, a rogue wave hit the boys and pulled them into the ocean. The father of one of the boys rushed into the water to try and save them, even though he did not know how to swim.

Barbero said, “I was in the water when I noticed some people needing help. I couldn’t see what was happening at first but later I figured a boy was starting to drown; so I took him on my board and paddled him in. I looked back out and asked the kid if his dad could swim and he said no.”

The boy Barbero helped pull out of the water was the man’s nephew. Barbero said he didn’t see the man’s son.

The boy missing is a 14-year-old named Marco, and is still in the water, a fire official said.

The father was transported to the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) hospital after being resuscitated by first responders. His condition was not immediately known. His nephew is said to be in good condition.

A U.S. Coast Guard boat and helicopter responded to the scene to assist fire crews with the water rescue, the fire official said.

Sophomore Camron Dennler said, “I think that people need to more careful because anything can happen at any time.  Hopefully the rescue team can get the missing boy quickly and save him, but good job on the surfer’s part to react quickly and save the other boy and the father.”

Ocean Beach is known for being one of the most dangerous shorelines in the country due to its strong rip currents.

Battalion Chief Marty Ross said, “This [drownings] happens too much. People, they come out here, they take this for granted. It is very dangerous out here. It’s no joke.”