At around 6:10 p.m., a person was reported stuck beneath the Ocean Beach pier.
Reports came in that two people were swimming in the water and only one had returned after lifeguards had closed the beach to swimmers.
"The person had submerged and we were going to be searching for him underwater. Conditions are not very favorable (right now). Surf is up, it’s windy, it’s cold, and its dark,” said Lieutenant Andy Lerum with the San Diego Lifeguards.
Lifeguards say the man was unconscious and submerged during the time of rescue.
Crews responded by the beach and a few lifeguards dove into the water from the pier.
Five lifeguards were involved in the rescue efforts in the sub-60 degree water.
"(It was) very fast moving, sand, water. We tried to deploy AED (Automated External Defibrillators) and at the water's edge it wasn’t successful so we’re hoping that the medics have better success in a dryer environment," said Lerum.
Lifeguards performed CPR and the person was transported to UCSD Medical Center.