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Bodyboarder Rescued at Stinson Beach Saturday

Victim, 32, was pulled from the water and wasn't breathing and had no pulse at the time of his rescue. He remains in critical condition.

A 32-year-old San Francisco man was spotted floating face-down in the ocean off Stinson Beach and reportedly rescued by a group of people that included a San Anselmo man Saturday afternoon.

National Park Rangers were on regular patrol at Stinson Beach at approximately 2:30 p.m. Saturday when they heard people yelling for help on the beach, according to Alexandra Picavet, a spokesperson for the park service. Park Rangers Scott Nash and Navin Chan went to the scene and discovered an unconscious man who had a bodyboard with him.

The man reportedly was pulled from the water by a group of people that included San Anselmo resident Peter Badger, whose wife emailed Patch Sunday to inquire about the victim's status.

The rangers determined that the victim wasn't breathing and had no pulse, according to Picavet, and Chan performed CPR while Nash retrieved a defibrillator from a nearby ranger station. After several minutes of the rangers performing lifesaving measures, the victim gasped and was able to sporadically breathe on his own, Picavet said.

Stinson Beach Volunteer Fire Department personnel arrived on the scene and the patient began to breathe on his own and opened his eyes several times, she said.

A REACH air ambulance helicopter landed on the beach to take the victim to Doctors Hospital in San Pablo, where he remains in a critical condition.

The cause of the emergency is still under investigation.

Helen Badger February 04, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Hi Myself, my husband and friend were there. My husband was one of a group of people who responded to the calls for help and helped carry the man out of the sea. There were numerous people all trying to help, and the park rangers were there really quickly. There were also two doctors who happened to be walking on the beach at the same time and they were brilliant. Helen Badger
deana barnes February 04, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Hi Helen, I was the girl who ran out to help the boys bring him in. Im really interested in hearing how he is. I hope he is ok, and yes the female doctor definitely took the reigns. he was very fortunate they were there that day. i hope he comes out of it.
deana barnes February 05, 2013 at 12:53 AM
Hi Helen, I did hear back and he is breathing on his own and is expected to make a full recovery!!!!
Tyler February 05, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Hi Deana.. Thanks for the update.. My wife was one of the doctors who responded and administered CPR.. We are both thrilled to hear that he is now breathing on his own and is expected to make a full recovery.. Tyler
David February 06, 2013 at 01:47 AM
Many thanks to each of you who were involved in saving our son's life! Imdividually and collectively you made the difference between death and life. He is doing well and even remembers the waves that drove him down. Mind is clear and body recovering. With much gratitude , The Beckmann Family
Amy Blanchard February 06, 2013 at 11:45 AM
I was at the beach as well and am so happy to hear that he is okay! What a relief! Amy Blanchard
Tyler February 06, 2013 at 05:15 PM
David, My wife and I are glad to hear that your son is getting better and speeding along in his recovery. My wife was one of the doctors that pulled him out of the water and administered aid. If you have any questions we left our contact information with the park rangers. Tyler

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