A Southern California surfer who nearly drowned in the ocean off of Half Moon Bay on Saturday remained in critical condition this afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Jacob Trette was airlifted to Stanford University Medical Center after he was caught in the surf by a 20-foot wave at Mavericks at about 10 a.m., Coastside Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Ari Delay said.
Trette has been listed in critical condition since Saturday, when good Samaritans pulled him from the water and brought him to shore, Stanford Hospital spokeswoman Liat Kobza said.
Big wave surfer Jeff Clark said he witnessed the incident from bluffs above the ocean.
"I was out there watching things go down," Clark said.
"It was a big set that caught everybody, and he just happened to be in a really bad place," he said.
Clark said fellow surfers and kayakers managed to get Trette to shore and prop him on his side to drain his airway.
"It was the guys out there who got him and knew what to do," Clark said.
Mavericks is located about a half-mile from Pillar Point Harbor and is the site of an internationally known big wave surf contest.