Surfers assist rescue 12 capsized crusing college students in Santa Cruz

Surfers help rescue 12 capsized sailing students in Santa Cruz

New video footage obtained by KRON4 reveals the second when a set of massive waves at a Santa Cruz harbor Sunday afternoon capsized at the very least 4 of the sailboats that have been a part of a crusing faculty, and the second when close by surfers swam into motion to rescue the youngsters.

“You better hurry,” one onlooker shouts within the video as he tries to sign the sailboats that enormous waves are coming.

“Oh god, no! Get over there and help them,” shouts one other onlooker within the video.

Three of the skilled surfers have been Homer Henard, Shaun Burns and Austin Smith-Ford, based on KRON4. All of them pulled kids from the water and carried them on their surfboards to shore earlier than rescue crews arrived.

“The whitewater just tumbled them and they were just like dominoes flying through the water,” Anna Ritter, a witness on the scene who known as 911, advised KPIX. “And five little kids were saved by some great surfers.”

The crusing faculty was out on the water regardless of a excessive surf warning of waves as excessive as 29 ft or increased alongside the coast. In preparation for such an occasion, native officers had already posted further patrols alongside the waterfront as a result of massive swell.

The calls reporting the capsized boats and other people within the water got here in at 4:33 p.m., based on Santa Cruz County Hearth Battalion Chief Daniel Kline.

“No injuries,” Klein advised KPIX. “Except for some wet, cold kids that needed to be handed back to their parents.”

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