A search was conducted Sunday afternoon off the Mesa in Santa Barbara for two people who were feared to have been swept out to sea, but they eventually were found safe.
At about 3:30 p.m., the Santa Barbara City Fire Department received a report that two people had entered the water with boogie boards or paddle boards at Hendry’s Beach, officially known as Arroyo Burro Beach County Park, and were last seen moving in an easterly direction, fire Battalion Chief Robert Mercado told Noozhawk.
The individual who reported the incident tried to keep the pair in sight while traversing the beach below the Mesa, Mercado said, but lost track of them around Leadbetter Beach near the Santa Barbara Harbor.
At about 6 p.m., authorities determined that the two had purposefully set out from Hendry’s to Leadbetter on paddle boards, Mercado said.
They were never in danger, and both exited the water without incident — one at Thousand Steps and the other at Leadbetter Beach, he added.
There were gusty conditions in the county Sunday afternoon, especially offshore.