The U.S. Coast Guard, Marin County Fire and Golden Gate National Recreation Area rescued four swimmers pulled in to the Pacific Ocean Wednesday night by a strong wave.
The call for rescue was received by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area around 6 p.m. for a report of four people in the water.
When rangers arrive moments later, three teens were already on the beach.
GGNRA spokeswoman Alexandra Picavet said the three teens, all ages 17 or 18, were walking along the beach and trying to get around a rock when a strong wave washed over them.
“They were not swimming, but walking and were pulled out by a wave,” she said.
Two of the three were able to exit the water quickly, but a third female, age 17 was pulled farther out. When a bystander on the beach tried to rescue the girl he was submerged under the water, according to Picavet.
The group was swept from Tennessee Cove, west of the Golden Gate Bridge.
The girl was able to get out of the water and the person who tried to help was pulled from the water by rescue crews. Crews continued to search for a fifth person after receiving “erroneous information,” but rescuers were able to determine only four people were involved.
Picavet said all four people were treated, the 17-year-old female was transported to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek and two others were transported by Southern Marin County Fire to Marin General Hospital. All are said to be in good condition.