SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Rescue crews have called off a search for two boys from Vallejo who were lost in the surf at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach Saturday, a fire department spokesman said.
The 16-year-olds and three of their friends, all from Vallejo, were swept out to sea at about 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon, according to fire officials.
Social media posts identified the two teens as Wayne Ausa and Grisham Duranan.
“It hurts not having you here,” Ausa’s older brother, Stephen Ausa, wrote on Facebook Sunday. “R.I.P. baby brother I love you Wayne Ausa and Grisham thank you for being a genuine true friend.”
Crews believe the two teens drowned. Vallejo High School, where the two students went to school, will have counseling support on site for grieving students and staff.
All five boys were on a trip to San Francisco cool off from the weekend’s heat wave, had locked arms and walked into the surf as part of a day at the beach in the warm weather, fire spokesman Jonathan Baxter said.
A large wave forced the boys’ arms apart. Three were able to swim to shore are in stable condition at a hospital. One is 18 years old and the others are 17.
The first report of the missing boys came in to fire dispatchers at 4:18 p.m., Baxter said.
Fire officials sent more than 20 rescue swimmers, two jet skis, a rescue and a helicopter to the water off Ocean Beach just south of the south windmill, Coast Guard Lt. Marcia Medina said.
The water at Ocean Beach was 54 degrees and ankle deep water at the beach is strong enough to pull an adult into the water, Baxter said. He said emergency officials always discourage people from swimming at the beach.
“At Ocean Beach we always have dangerous conditions” and anyone who decides to swim must be a good swimmer and aware of the ocean conditions, he said.
At 8:33 p.m. Saturday, Baxter said a U.S. Coast Guard computer model showed the boys could be six to 15 miles from shore and it could be seven days before their bodies drift back.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help family cover expenses in the coming weeks and months that had raised $470 as of this morning.