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College wrestler missing after friends say he jumped into California ocean for ‘polar dip’


A San Francisco State University wrestler went missing after jumping onto Esplanade Beach for a ‘polar dip’, friends and authorities said.

Hamzah Alsaudi, 22, of Santa Monica, went swimming Thursday morning with two other men when a wave hit him and pushed him away from shore, the Pacifica Police Department said in a news release.

Hamzah Alsaudi.San Francisco State

The other two men managed to get out of the water and called 911 for help. Pacifica police and firefighters searched the area and surrounding beaches but could not find Alsaudi.

The U.S. Coast Guard, California Highway Patrol Air Unit, San Bruno Police Department and California State Parks Ocean Life Guards were also called in to assist. Alsaudi has not been located.

Friends told KTVU that Alsaudi and his wrestling teammates do a polar dive, when people jump into cold water during the winter months. They told the news station that he was not a good swimmer.

The university sent a letter to the community on Friday regarding Alsaudi’s research. The police department had no update on the search when it was reached on Saturday.

Alsaudi majors in political science at the university with a minor in Arab and Muslim ethnicity and diaspora studies.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Gator community at this time as we process this news,” the school said. “We remain deeply grateful to the Coast Guard, the police department and others for all they have done to assist with the search.”

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