It was so dark Wednesday night in Sunset Cliffs — a neighborhood of San Diego — that lifeguards are calling the rescue that unfolded there a “miracle.”
At around 9 o’clock at night, lifeguards in the area responded to cries for help in the water along the coastline, according to KSWB-TV. Once they arrived, the first responders saw a man and a woman, both wearing street clothes, and immediately launched an effort to pull the pair from the water.
Fire officials described the miraculous undertaking as one of the “scariest and most treacherous rescues” in recent memory, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Craig Newell.
Thankfully, the two individuals — both believed to be in their 20s — were successfully pulled from the dark water.
That, though, is not the end of the story. The victims told investigators they were dropped off by two separate jet ski drivers who potentially came from Tijuana, Mexico, as part of a larger border-crossing effort.
While neither jet ski was recovered, Newell said his department received reports there were may have been other people in the water near the rescue. A helicopter was dispatched but rescuers never found anyone else.
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The harrowing rescue of the man and woman Wednesday night shows just how dangerous it can be to attempt to smuggle people into the U.S., particularly on the water.
Newell said the two people are “incredibly lucky to be alive tonight.”
“The surf is very large tonight,” the battalion chief told KSWB-TV. “The water is very cold. This is winter time and it’s dark. It’s a miracle they were even found. They were heard by someone. Thank goodness the lifeguards were close from Mission Bay. They were able to make an initial water rescue and get them secured, get them up on the rocks and get them up and evaluated by firefighters and paramedics.”
U.S. Border Patrol agents have been brought in to investigate the potential smuggling attempt.
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