Ocean Safety rescued a surfer from rough waters off sunset beach around 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
Friends surfing with the 63-year-old man say he was knocked off his board from a 12-foot wave.
Lifeguards paddled out to the man and found him submerged underwater. Rescuers then brought the man to shore and began life-saving efforts.
EMS also responded and transported the man to a nearby hospital in critical condition.
Surf remains elevated for parts of the state, though no high surf advisories are in effect.
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