The 17-year-old boys (whose names have not been released) went into the surf at Ocean Beach with their three friends but didn’t make it back out.
The other three swimmers made it back to shore and were taken to the hospital and are in stable condition, according to SFGate.
The U.S. Coast Guard and the San Francisco Fire Department launched an extensive search that went on for nearly five hours. At about 9 p.m., rescuers called off the search.
In the time since they had been swept out to sea, officials estimated they could have traveled 15 miles out.
The beach near Lincoln Way where they went swimming is notoriously dangerous.
“Ocean Beach conditions on a good day are generally enough to pull a grown man into the water,” Fire Department spokesman Jonathan Baxter told SFGate.
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