San Diego lifeguards rescued two Crawford High School teens who jumped off “The Arch” at the foot of Osprey Street at Sunset Cliffs Boulevard around 11:15 a.m.
The teens jumped off the cliff into the water and misjudged their ability to swim in the dangerous surf conditions, according to lifeguards. Witnesses said the waves were slamming the boys into the rocks.
"These guys are very fortunate," said Sgt. David Rains with the San Diego Lifeguard Service. "It could've been much worse. All they have is a number of abrasions. Considering what the area has to offer, it could've been much worse for these guys."
One of the boys climbed to a rock and pulled the other to an area where the water was not as rough and where lifeguards could reach them to pull them to safety, a witness said.
SkyFox video showed a crane lowering a lifeguard down to hoist the teens out of the water.
The two boys and their friend were cited by authorities for loitering and truancy. Witnesses said five other boys ran away after San Diego police arrived.
No one was injured in the rescue.