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San Rafael Surfer Rescued from Rocky Area Near Rodeo Beach

The National Park Service says a 40-year-old Bay-area man had to be rescued via a helicopter crew after a boat and rescue swimmers couldn't reach him.

Photo courtesy: National Park Service
Photo courtesy: National Park Service
By Bay City News Service:    

A distressed San Rafael surfer in the waters near Rodeo Beach in Marin County was rescued by helicopter on Sunday afternoon, according to a National Park Service spokeswoman.

 The surfer was identified as a 40-year-old man from San Rafael. He was taken to Marin General Hospital as a trauma patient, NPS spokeswoman Alexandra Picavet said.

The NPS received a call from the Marin County Sheriff's Office shortly after 4 p.m. reporting that a surfer was in distress among the rocks on the northern end of Rodeo Beach in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, according to Picavet.

Park Rangers arrived on scene, about three miles northwest of the Golden Gate Bridge, and found the surfer being smashed against the rocks by dangerous surf, Picavet said.

Rescue swimmers were sent into the water and the U.S. Coast Guard deployed a boat. Neither the boat nor the rescue swimmers were able to reach the victim due to the breaking waves, according to Picavet.

At 5:15 pm., a California Highway Patrol helicopter was deployed to the scene and lowered a rope to the victim.

The surfer was rescued from the water and was taken to Marin General Hospital where he was treated for minor to moderate injuries, according to Picavet.

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Michael March 10, 2014 at 08:05 PM
glad they got him. I assume when people intentionally put themselves in harms way... then need to be rescued... they pay the tab NOT the taxpayers? Anyone know the facts? Thanks.
Scounselman March 10, 2014 at 09:33 PM
Good lord, the man was SURFING, not walking a tightrope between the cliffs. We put ourselves in harm's way much more intentionally when we get behind the wheel of a car every day!
Syrah March 11, 2014 at 01:06 AM
Lotsa rescuing in the news lately...
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr March 12, 2014 at 10:53 AM
Thank you to the Park Service, Coast Guard, and CHP rescuers because we all have a more secure life knowing that they are there for us when we would need them most, not just in the ocean, but on the trails, mountains, and roads; whatever our emergency.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr March 12, 2014 at 10:57 AM
Still? No Police Blotter. Has George Orwell taken over records at the Novato Police Department and reserved dispatches are now covered by Newspeak laws that forbid online newspapers from reporting the news? It seems so. Remember, YOU elected them. I did not. Read "Nineteen Eighty Four". It is now a history book.

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