2 Swimmers Rescued At Black's Beach

Fellow beachgoers came to the rescue Friday of two young women who nearly drowned after getting caught in a rip current offshore from Black's Beach.

The swimmers -- 23- and 24-year-old tourists from Northern California -- were struggling in the surf near Torrey Pines Gliderport shortly before 2:30 p.m. when a third woman realized the two were in distress and alerted a pair of nearby surfers, San Diego lifeguard Lt. Nick Lerma said.

The surfers paddled out to the flailing swimmers, put them on their boards, pulled them to shore and notified lifeguards who happened to be in the area, overseeing a film shoot, according to Lerma.

The guards put the victims onto their truck and drove them to a waiting ambulance, which took them to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Their conditions were not released.

The incident, which might well have been deadly if not for the quick actions of the fellow beachgoers, "underscores the message" that people should only swim in areas patrolled by lifeguards, Lerma said.