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News Release: Follow-up To Yesterday's Water Rescue


SAUSALITO, CA (1/7/2021) — The Southern Marin Fire District (SMFD) responded to a call yesterday afternoon at approximately 3:30 pm, with CHP H-30, the National Parks Service, and the United States Coast Guard to a report of two surfers who were in distress at Rodeo Beach.

As H-30 arrived at the scene the crew was directed to the north end of the beach where the two surfers had climbed onto the base of the cliff. CHP H-30 lowered a CHP Flight Officer/Paramedic to the scene and hoisted each of the surfers approximately 75 feet to the helicopter. The surfers were flown from the scene and lowered to waiting Southern Marin Fire District paramedics.

Neither surfer was injured during this incident and were released at the scene after being medically evaluated by Southern Marin Fire District Paramedics.

Due to this season's powerful currents and swells, there has been extra activity throughout the central coast for water rescues and sadly too many fatalities. The seas are expected to build throughout the week and continue to produce very dangerous beach conditions.

It’s important to remember there is inherent danger and residents should keep their eyes on the water and children. Also, keep their distance from the cliffs and water's edge. Avoid taking selfies as sneaker waves can catch an individual from behind when they are not looking. Lastly, keep pets on leashes.

About Southern Marin Fire District: 

Southern Marin Fire Protection District offers a variety of services to the public, in addition to our core responsibilities of emergency response, protection of life and property, Fire suppression, and Emergency Medical Services. 


If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email us at info@smfd.org or call us at (415) 388-8182. For emergencies, please dial 9-1-1.


The Press Release is also available here.

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