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Good Samaritans help emergency crews rescue lobster diver in Santa Barbara

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Posted at 4:32 PM, Oct 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-27 19:34:37-04

A lobster diver called for help, but it wasn't just Santa Barbara first responders who answered, but also Good Samaritans.

The Santa Barbara City Fire Department says multiple calls came in for an ocean diver in distress near 1000 Steps.

Officials say 24-year-old Correll Rambo was solo-diving for lobster when he became tangled in kelp.

When emergency crews arrived and jumped into the water, three Good Samaritans, Henry Oh, Chris Orth and Kyle Sieglein, also swam out from shore to help.

According to authorities, an unidentified paddle boarder also made his way over to lend a hand.

With the help of the four Good Samaritans, City Fire Rescue Swimmer Firefighter Billgren got Rambo and his gear safely back to shore.

Santa Barbara City Fire says three engines, a truck company, a Battalion Chief and Harbor Patrol boat were sent to help.

City firefighters would like to thank the four men who quickly acted in the rescue.