SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Fire Department reported on September 6 at 7:20 p.m. that four surfers were caught in a rip current during Labor Day weekend. The Golden Gate National Park Service was on the scene along with the SFFD and rescue swimmers were deployed.
By 7:27 p.m., the SFFD reported that they jointly rescued all victims with the Golden Gate NPS, and one victim required medical care. The SFFD urges beachgoers to only swim at lifeguarded beaches and to ask the lifeguard about the water conditions if an individual is unsure.
Swimmers are alerted if pulled into a riptide stay calm, don’t fight the current, swim parallel to shore, and once out of the current swim back to shore. For those unable to escape, individuals are alerted to float/tread water to save energy until rescued and wave one’s hands high in the air and call for help.