Post by Taylor on Mar 8, 2006 9:42:24 GMT -5
Surfer rescued from cave off Sunset Cliffs (San Diego)
March 4, 2006
SAN DIEGO – A 53-year-old surfer escaped serious injury Saturday when rough water pushed him into a cave at the bottom of Sunset Cliffs, trapping him, a lifeguard lieutenant said. Lifeguards flagged down by a concerned surfer shortly before 1 p.m., were told another surfer was in trouble, lifeguard Lt. Nick Lerma said.
Lifeguards went to the 1100 block of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, near Osprey Point, and looked down but could not spot the man, Lerma said. A lifeguard who dove off the cliffs and into the water spotted the man, who is from Hawaii, inside a cave at the bottom of the cliffs, Lerma said. The lifeguard fought the strong surf to rescue the man, Lerma said. “(The surfer) was getting thrown around as if he was in a washing machine,” Lerma said.
After being picked up by a surf boat, the surfer was treated for cuts and scratches and released, Lerma said. “The last we heard from him, he was going to celebrate the fact that he was alive,” Lerma said. www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20060304-1743-surfer.html