Actually, it appears that an unidentified male drove his car down that steep concrete path at the end of Orchard Avenue near Cable Street and through a guardrail into the Pacific. This was about 3:20 pm on Sunday, March 16.
Surfers tried to get the guy out of his car as he was trapped initially.
Finally, a helicopter from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department showed up, and performed the rescue, flying the driver to a local hospital, a fire dispatcher said.
Neither his condition nor the cause of the crash are known at this time.
Meanwhile, ironically also on Sunday over at the OB Pier, NBC7 reports that lifeguards were getting some practice. Pros were demonstrating the proper techniques to lifeguard candidates in simulated rescues as part of the 49th Regional Lifeguard Academy-Rescue Demonstration.
First, things kicked off with a rescuer jumping from a San Diego Fire-Rescue helicopter to access a “victim” in the water. Next, lifeguards had to use a boat to save a victim. Officials practiced a fire boat response, showing what would happen if rescuers had to save people from a vessel in distress. And to top things off, the lifeguard recruits took a dive off the Ocean Beach Pier. No, it wasn’t just for fun. The recruits may face a time when a pier may be the fastest way to reach a distressed swimmer.
The demonstrations were organized by the Miramar College San Diego Regional Lifeguard Academy. Through that program, students can get college credit along with training to become an entry-level bay and ocean lifeguard. The academy said many lifeguard agencies hire from the pool of people who graduate from the courses. This upcoming summer, the academy expects San Diego County agencies to hire more than 100 lifeguards.