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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Marco Cornejo: Teen Swimmer Still Missing at Ocean Beach

Posted By on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 7:43 AM

click to enlarge Firefighters search for Marco Cornejo missing at Ocean Beach - MIKE KOOZMIN/SF EXAMINER
  • Mike Koozmin/SF Examiner
  • Firefighters search for Marco Cornejo missing at Ocean Beach

Firefighters are back at Ocean Beach this morning scouring the waters, looking for 14-year-old Marco Cornejo who was swept away at sea while swimming with his cousin yesterday afternoon.

KTVU reports that dozens of firefighters scoured the waters well into the night by boat and plane, looking for Cornejo who was pulled out to sea by a rip current while swimming with his 14-year-old cousin.

Firefighters said shortly before 4 p.m., a family was in the ocean when they saw the two boys pulled away as they waded in the water. Cornejo's dad, who reportedly isn't a good swimmer, went into the water to try and help.

Tony Barbero, 17, who was surfing nearby, saw the struggling kids and paddled over to help. He pulled one of the teen's onto his board and helped him in. He then went back to help the father, KTVU reports. Barbero said he didn't see a second boy out there.

"I see the guy not looking good. [He was] pale, his eyes bloodshot, so I grabbed him by arm and dragged him in. Paramedics took it from there. The kid was in shock," Barbero was quoted saying. "It happened so fast I thought he was dead in the water."

Paramedics revived the man who was later rushed to a local hospital in critical condition.

However, Cornejo was never found.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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