San Francisco State student swept out to sea while swimming in Pacifica

PACIFICA — A San Francisco State University student was swept out to sea Thursday morning while swimming at a beach in Pacifica, according to authorities.

The incident was reported around 10:30 a.m. at Esplanade Beach. The college student was swimming with two other people when he was struck by a “large wave and pulled farther away from the shore,” the Pacifica Police Department said in a news release.

The student’s companions made it back to shore and called 911 for help, police said.

Pacifica police officers and North County Fire Authority firefighters searched the area without success, police said. The U.S. Coast Guard also helped look for the student.

The student was described as a white man in his 20s, 6 feet 1 inch tall and 215 pounds with brown hair. He was last seen wearing black shorts.

“The entire SF State community is hoping for a safe recovery,” the university said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with the student’s family, friends and classmates. We are grateful to the Coast Guard and the Pacifica Police Department for their ongoing work.”

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