Good Samaritan Saves Woman From Water at Ocean Beach

Lifeguards say the man kept the woman floating until rescuers could pull her out

A Good Samaritan risked his own life to save an unconscious woman floating in the water off Ocean Beach Tuesday night, according to lifeguards.

San Diego Lifeguards say a man who lives nearby, identified only as Sean, jumped in to save the 51-year-old woman after she was dragged offshore by a strong current.

Rescuers began pulling the woman out at approximately 8:20 p.m. in the waters off Del Monte Avenue and Ocean Front Street. They strapped her safely to a backboard and then slowly pulled her up the steep embankment.

According to lifeguards, the woman suffered life-threatening injuries. 

The Good Samaritan was praised by officials for doing everything he could to help the woman.

"His prime focus was just keeping here floating in the water," said Lt. John Sandmeyer. "He wasn't going to, without fins, without a buoy or some flotations, he was not going to get her out on his own but he was doing a great job keeping her floating on the surface."

The woman was unconscious when she was pulled out of the water.She was taken to a hospial after regaining consciousness.

According to lifeguards, the woman was with a friend but her friend suffered a head injury at the scene and was unable to help the woman out of the water.

Investigators say it's unknown if the woman got into the water on her own or fell in.

No further details were released.

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