The ocean at that time was low tide with rough surf conditions along a rocky shoreline. A strong current added problems for anyone enjoying the warm ocean water on Sunset Cliffs.
Brian Wilson, 23, from Ramona, and a friend went out for a swim. They soon lost contact with each other due to the rough water conditions. The friend returned to the beach to where several other friends and Wilson's wife were gathered. After 10 minutes of searching a 911 call was made.
The Lifeguard Search and Rescue team responded and spent several hours searching with the aide of divers, sea scouters, and a helicopter. The search was eventually called off due to poor visibility. The search was resumed at daylight on Monday, Aug. 31.