Man pulled from ocean after panga found near Sunset Cliffs

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SAN DIEGO — Lifeguards pulled one man from the ocean early Friday after a panga was found near Sunset Cliffs, authorities said.

The San Diego Police Department first started getting calls around 2:40 a.m. about yelling coming from the Sunset Cliffs area. Officers arrived to the 1100 block of Sunset Cliffs and found a panga they believed to have flipped in the water, an SDPD spokesperson said.

Lifeguards pulled one man to safety. The man reportedly told authorities that he had dropped off several people at the shore and when he got back into the water, his boat stalled, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. He jumped into the ocean and tried swimming to shore but was unsuccessful, so started yelling for help. Residents living nearby called authorities to report the incident.

The man was complaining of hypothermia and was taken to UC San Diego Medical Center, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

The Coast Guard scoured the ocean for anyone else who might have ended up in the water. No additional rescues were reported as of 7:20 a.m.

Border Patrol and USCG were continuing to investigate.

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