Surfer Saves Boy Caught by Rogue Wave

Boy's uncle also saved, but man's son still missing
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2014 10:55 AM CDT
Surfer Saves Boy Caught by Rogue Wave
Ocean Beach is seen, Tuesday, March 11, 2014.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

The Coast Guard is searching the waters off the coast of San Francisco for signs of a 14-year-old boy swept out to sea by a rouge wave that almost claimed his cousin, too. Marco Cornejo and his cousin were playing in the waters of Ocean Beach when a wave swept in and pulled them away, ABC 17 reports. Cornejo's father rushed in to try save them—even though he couldn't swim. Soon he was in trouble, too. That's when surfer Tony Barbero, 17, came to the rescue, grabbing the cousin.

"I take [the boy] on my surf board, I paddle him in. And once he's in … I look back out and I see the dad and he's just bobbing up and down in the water." He gave the boy the board, and swam back out to save the father. At the time the man had no pulse, but rescue crews were able to revive him with CPR; he's now in the hospital. A Coast Guard boat and helicopter were brought in to search for Marco, with the boat searching into the night, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Crews resumed the search this morning, according to NBC Bay Area, which quotes an official who calls Ocean Beach a "very dangerous" shoreline. "It's no joke." (More Coast Guard stories.)

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