The Santa Barbara County Fire Department, Water Rescue Team and Sheriff’s Office responded to a call made at approximately 5:16 p.m. on Monday, May 1, about a foil surfer believed to be in distress due to heavy winds, according to County Fire Battalion Chief Scot Alderete. 

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In search of the surfer, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department deployed four jet skis and a drone at Goleta Beach, and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office deployed a helicopter.

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After an approximately 45-minute search, the surfer was found to be unharmed at Leadbetter Beach, according to Santa Barbara County Fire Department Public Information Officer Scott Safechuck.


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