Firefighters help stranded surfer get to shore

August 18, 2010 2:02:26 PM PDT
Firefighters were called to assist a surfer who got caught in a strong current off the San Francisco coast early this afternoon.

The fire department received a report at 12:30 p.m. of a surfer in distress in the ocean near Sloat Boulevard and Great Highway, department spokeswoman Lt. Mindy Talmadge said.

A rescue crew arrived and helped escort the surfer safely to shore at about 12:50 p.m.

U.S. Coast Guard assistance was requested but the request was quickly canceled, Talmadge said.