A Coast Guard helicopter responded to the beach at about 2:30 p.m. on reports of a person in the water off the Great Highway, between Moraga and Noriega streets.
Witnesses saw an inflatable boat carrying two men get flipped by a wave, and the two men went missing, fire Battalion Chief Lorrie Kalos said.
Rescuers were able to pull a 52-year-old man from the water at about 4 p.m., according to fire officials and the Coast Guard.
Kalos said the man was hypothermic, but officials were eventually able to confirm that he and another man had fled their capsized sailboat in the raft, according to Coast Guard Lt. Andrew Kennedy.
Crews were still searching for the second man, who is believed to be wearing a life vest, as of 7:30 p.m., Kennedy said.
“The weather is slightly deceiving with these blue skies,” he said.
“The conditions on the water are harsh,” he said. “It’s blowing pretty hard out there.”
Gusts are raging at about 35 to 45 mph, Kennedy said, and added that anyone who takes to waters in today’s weather should exercise extreme caution.
Anyone with information about the missing person is encouraged to contact the Coast Guard at (415) 399-3530.
5:13 PM: Crews rescued one person who fell out of an inflatable boat into the water near San Francisco’s Ocean Beach this afternoon, according to a fire spokeswoman.
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter responded to the beach at about 2:30 p.m. on reports of a person in the water off the Great Highway, between Moraga and Noriega streets.
Witnesses saw an inflatable boat carrying two people get flipped by a wave, and the two people went missing, fire Battalion Chief Lorrie Kalos said.
Rescuers were able to pull one person from the water at about 4 p.m.
The victim was hypothermic, and was unable to say who was in the boat or how many people were still in the water, Kalos said.
As of 4:30 p.m., crews were still searching for one other person.
Saul Sugarman, Bay City News
3:33 PM: A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew and the San Francisco Fire Department are responding this afternoon to an incident at Ocean Beach, a Coast Guard dispatcher said.
The incident could involve someone in the water, the dispatcher said.
It was reported at about 2:30 p.m. off the Great Highway between Moraga Street and Noriega Street.
Additional details were not immediately available.
Crews were still on the scene as of about 3:30 p.m.
Janna Brancolini, Bay City News