Samaritans, lifeguards aid woman who slipped into ocean at Sunset Cliffs

Posted at 1:11 PM, Dec 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-16 17:04:05-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A pair of separate emergency calls had San Diego Lifeguards busy Saturday, as they worked to rescue a woman who slipped into the water as well as a group of people after their boat overturned.

In the first incident, a woman was with friends at Sunset Cliffs and decided to get closer to the water for a photo. Waves had been crashing atop where she was standing and she slipped into the water, according to lifeguards on the scene.

Two good Samaritans jumped into the churning water to try and help the woman, but all three were swept into a nearby cave area along the cliffs. The Samaritans kept a hold of the woman until lifeguards arrived to pull the three from the water.

The woman was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. Her condition is unknown, though lifeguards said she had been suffering from hypothermia.

The two good Samaritans were not injured.

Lifeguards said it's important that beachgoers check areas they traverse along the coast. If surfaces are wet from the ocean, there's a chance a wave is on its way or someone may slip into the waters.

In a separate incident happening at the same time, lifeguards were also called to reports of an overturned boat.

A group of people from a local outrigger canoe club were in Mission Bay channel when the large boat overturned.

The group tried to right the boat but was unable to.

Lifeguards were called to the scene and picked up the seven boaters. No injuries were reported.

It's not clear how the outrigger boat overturned.