Search ongoing for missing SFSU student at Pacifica Beach

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Crews are searching for a missing swimmer in Esplanade Beach. 

According to the Pacifica Police Department, authorities received a call around 10:30 a.m. reporting that a man was struck by a large wave and pulled away from the shore. 

The missing swimmer is described to be a white man in his 20s, 6-foot-1 tall, and 215 pounds with brown hair. He is a student at San Francisco State University, but his name was not released. 

“We are aware of reports of a search for an SF State student in the waters off Pacifica. The entire SF State community is hoping for a safe recovery. 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,” SFSU wrote in a statement.

He was last seen wearing black shorts. 

Two other men were also swimming but were able to get out of the water to call 911. 

The U.S. Coast Guard, California State Park Ocean Life Guards, the California Highway Patrol air unit and the San Bruno Police Department assisted in the search. As of 3 p.m., the swimmer is still missing.


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.