SANTA BARBARA- The call went out at 3:12pm Friday afternoon. Santa Barbara City firefighters responded to an area about 50 yards East of Stearns Wharf.They discovered a 57-year-old man half in and half out of the surf line surrounded by a group of people. Fire officials say the swimmer was hit by a large wave and moments later people on the beach heard the man yelling for help. Witnesses say he was hit by another wave and held down for 10 to 15 seconds.Firefighters say that’s when four men visiting Santa Barbara from Australia jumped in and pulled the man to the beach. A woman only described as a professional wrestler also assisted once the man was on the sand.The victim who has not been identified was rushed to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. His condition is not known, however officials say he was alert. Firefighters tell KEY News the man would have died if it wasn’t for the four Aussies. The firefighters also have plans to take the four Australian heroes to dinner.
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