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Coast Guard Searches For Surfer Reported Missing Off Ocean Beach

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A Coast Guard helicopter. (AP)

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — After scouring the waters off the coast of San Francisco for a surfer who was possibly in distress, the U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search because the surfer may have already made it safely to shore, a Coast Guard controller said.

Shortly after 5 p.m. Friday, a woman on the beach called the Coast Guard and reported that she had lost sight of a surfer in the waters near Ocean Beach, Coast Guard search and rescue controller Danielle Couture said.

A rescue craft was launched from Station Golden Gate at Fort Baker around 5:15 p.m., and Couture said that the rescue crew did not locate anyone in distress.

As of 8:35 p.m., the search had been suspended.

“A few people who came out of the water did match the surfer’s description,” Couture said.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

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