SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Emergency responders were able to find a 14-year-old boy seen struggling in the water at Crissy Field in San Francisco Monday afternoon, but the boy was pronounced dead at the hospital, fire officials said.
The San Francisco Fire Department wrote at 2:13 p.m. on Twitter about the rescue response. There are also U.S. Coast Guard units assisting on jet skis and in a chopper.
Beach goers were asked to stay out of the water during the search, authorities said.
Crews eventually found the boy at around 3:23 p.m.. Fire officials said rescuers performed life-saving measures on the teen as he was transported to California Pacific Medical Center.
KPIX 5 reporter Joe Vazquez posted on Twitter at around 4:19 p.m. that San Francisco Fire officials confirmed that the boy was pronounced dead at the hospital.
“One of those rescue divers located the young man an estimated 25 yards off the shore,” said San Francisco Fire Lt. Jon Baxter. “That rescue diver was able to bring him to the surface of the water and immediate start life-saving measures which carried on to San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center.”
The boy did not know how to swim, according to fire officials. He had been in the water with a group of friends all around the same age when he began struggling. The friends tried to help, but were unable to keep his head above water.
Baxter praised the teens for their effort to try to save their friend.
“The kids with him did everything right with their efforts to rescue their friend,” Baxter said. “They tried to help him and when they realized it was beyond their ability to rescue him, they went back to shore, called 9-1-1 and directed emergency personnel to the location.”