“They were not engineering students,” said Mike Eliason, spokesperson for Santa Barbara County Fire.
The men, who are in their early 20s, did have an oar but it was no match for the ocean, said Eliason. He added seas were calm, but the water temperature was in the 50s, and the two men weren’t wearing wetsuits.
The men were about 300 yards offshore when crews went out on paddleboards and personal watercraft to rescue them, Eliason said.
Alcohol was not a factor, the fire department said.
“Still curious as to why they decided to do this at 2 o’clock in the morning,” said Eliason.
An ambulance was dispatched to the scene but there were no injuries reported, he said.