Several agencies launch ‘team effort’ to rescue woman from high surf


A person was rescued from the high surf off the coast of San Mateo County Thursday morning, a deputy harbor master said.

Rescuers got a report of a person in the water at about 11:30 a.m. south of Half Moon Bay, Deputy Harbor Master Jacob Walding said.

Two jet skis and a patrol boat were deployed. An incident commander spotted the person in the water and radioed her location to Walding. The person was among 15- to 20-foot waves.

moonjazz/Flic Several agencies responded to a report of a person stuck in high surf south of Half Moon Bay, Calif. Thursday, January 2, 2020. The woman was rescued from 15- to 20-foot waves.

She started to go under when Walding jettisoned his ski and grabbed hold of her. He said he was afraid if he didn’t she would go under and not come up.

His partner then grabbed him and the stranded woman and the three made it to shore.

Walding asked that everyone involved be recognized.

He said:

“This was a full team effort.” 

Other agencies involved were Cal Fire, the sheriff’s office, the U.S. Coast Guard and state park lifeguards and rangers.

Walding said without any one of these agencies present the outcome could have been much different.

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