Crews attempt dramatic Baker Beach rescue

Firefighters are attempting to rescue a person who got swept into the water below a cliff near San Francisco’s Baker Beach Monday night, according to a San Francisco Fire Department spokesman.

Rescue crews responded to the area, near Helmet Rock, at 6:50 p.m.

for a report of a person screaming for help, Lt. Jonathan Baxter said.

At the scene, crews found a 22-year-old man below the cliff who had to be rescued with a rope.

The man was uninjured. He said he was attempting to help another person who below the cliff, according to Baxter.

Crews then spotted the second victim, but due to strong surf and strong undertow conditions, rescue boats and rescue swimmers were unable to reach that victim.

Although crews aggressively tried to reach them, at about 7:50 p.m., the victim became submerged in the water and crews lost sight of them.

Rescue crews, along with helicopters from the U.S. Coast Guard, remain at the scene and area continuing to search for the victim.