Search for Missing Swimmer off OB Continues

by on August 31, 2015 · 1 comment

in Life Events, Ocean Beach

brian wilson lost at sea

Brian Wilson – from facebook.

Update: Coast Guard has joined search

According to Wilson’s Facebook page, he recently became a father and graduated from El Capitan High School in Lakeside.


Lifeguards continued their search for a missing swimmer off Ocean Beach early Monday morning.

A 23-year old man named Brian Wilson had entered the ocean at the foot of Santa Cruz Street, and was last seen between 4:30 and 5:20 pm Sunday. He was not that far out and no one reported that they saw him struggling in the water.

OB search swimmer 8-30-15

Screen capture of lifeguards and searchers on cliffs near where Brian Wilson went missing, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. abc6


Coast Guard aircraft, a cutter and a small boat went out at daybreak Monday in the search for Wilson.

Over a dozen lifeguards were involved in the search on Sunday for over an hour using boats, jet skis and a helicopter until it was suspended because of heavy rips and rough waters and poor visibility along Sunset Cliffs.

The media reported that a friend of Wilson told reporters that he and Wilson went swimming south of the OB Pier, and when he returned, he couldn’t find Wilson.

He is reported to from Ramona.

Now the search is not a rescue operation but more of a recovery operation, sadly.

There was a facebook comment that an unresponsive body was found at Orchard Avenue, but that has yet to be confirmed.

News sources:

10abcNews , CBS8 , San Diego U-T


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john September 3, 2015 at 11:42 pm

Don’t know if that’s the location where he actually perished but that seductive little cove at the foot of. Santa Cruz St., in the right surf and tide conditions, can be one of the most dangerous places in the area to swim in. Back in the 90s when I was in great shape and considered myself a strong swimmer, I nearly drowned there. Used to jump the cliffs at the arch weekly, including the dangerous street side launch which was about 35′ with 10′ of rocks to clear. No problem. One day at Santa Cruz’s little cove I was doing gainers off its rock to the left and as I swam in a wave pounded me to the opposite side (the right as you look from shore) and then another, then another. Youre up against a large rock on that side and even though the water was just about 5-6 feet deep there’s no way to surface as each wave curlsoover the last and you find your face in the sand at the bottom. I had friends there watching and was about out of breath and tired and tried to wave for help. As I waved a third time (never having surfaced for air I heard my friend Bob shouting, with beer in hand, “SWIM, SWIM!” and probably my anger at him unwilling to help after my last dying gasp saved my life as I willed myself to beat that next wave and get out so I could chastise him for his inaction.
100% true and I don’t mean to make light or distract from this man’s death but I’venever been so close to drowning anywhere, including body surfing north of San Francisco and at Capitola as a teenager, as I did in that little cove.


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