2 unconscious swimmers rescued at Encinitas beach

ENCINITAS - There was a quest to find the relatives of two people who were unconscious when they were pulled from the ocean off Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas Thursday afternoon.

According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, just before 2:15 p.m. deputies responded to a call from the beach to find lifeguards attempting CPR on two victims. They were taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas.

The sheriff’s department said deputies canvassed the beach looking for someone to help identify the victims, but were unsuccessful. As of early Friday morning, a hospital spokesperson said it would not be releasing any information regarding their conditions or whether they had been identified.  

According to witnesses Michael Linguadoca and Charles Wislar, three of their classmates from Santa Fe Christian found the swimmers face down and helped pull them to shore before lifeguards jumped in to help.

“It was really scary, because they were just completely lifeless, and arms dangling; people just dragging them get out of the way, just yelling at everybody,” Linguadoca said.

“I thought one of them had broken their neck, then I just realized they were unconscious,” Wislar said.

Lifeguards told 10News that swimmers need to beware due because rip currents are expected to be very strong for the next four to five days. Following the rescue Thursday, lifeguards ran into the water on several occasions to reach swimmers who had gotten caught in the rip and needed help getting out.

Anyone who knows the two people rescued Thursday afternoon should contact the Encinitas Fire Department or San Diego Lifeguard Services.

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