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Mavericks Surfer Critical, In Coma After Wipeout

HALF MOON BAY (CBS 5 / AP / BCN) ― An Orange County surfer who wiped out on a treacherous wave at Mavericks over the weekend was in a medically induced coma on Monday afternoon, hospital officials said.

Stanford Medical Center spokeswoman Liat Kobza said 30-year-old Jacob Trette was listed in critical condition after nearly drowning and suffering serious injuries at the famed surf spot north of Half Moon Bay, about a half-mile from Pillar Point Harbor.

Trette and more than a dozen others were riding 15- to 18-foot waves Saturday morning when a larger one, estimated to be about 20 feet, surprised them.

"It was a big set that caught everybody, and he just happened to be in a really bad place," observed big wave surfer Jeff Clark, who witnessed the incident from bluffs above the ocean.

A large wave, more than 18 feet, that surprised and critically injured a Mavericks surfer on Jan. 22, 2010. (Photo by Don Montgomery/Special to CBS 5)

Authorities said Trette was found face down and not breathing in the water and was pulled out by a photographer on a personal watercraft and taken to shore.

He was then taken by medical helicopter to Stanford where he was initially listed in serious condition on Saturday afternoon.

KCBS' Janice Wright Reports:

Trette, an accomplished surfer from San Clemente, had only attempted the waves at Mavericks - the site of an internationally known big wave surf contest - once before.

(© 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press and Bay City News contributed to this report.)

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