SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The body of a female was found in the waters near San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf this morning, police and fire officials said.

Authorities responded at 11:19 a.m. to a report of a body spotted floating out from under Pier 45, located at the popular tourist destination, fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

The body was spotted by a tourist who notified an employee at a nearby store, who subsequently called authorities, police spokesman Officer Carlos Manfredi said.

A Police Department marine unit responded, as well as firefighters and port workers, Manfredi said.

Firefighters were able to retrieve the body despite windy conditions that Talmadge said were “not very conducive to jumping in the water.”

The medical examiner’s office also responded and has taken custody of the body, Manfredi said.

The female’s identity and cause of death have not been determined.

“It’s too soon to tell,” he said.

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