Cape May Firefighters, Beach Patrol Form Human Chain to Rescue Swimmer
Over the weekend, rescuers formed a human chain to help save four beachgoers struggling to return to shore at Cape May Beach.
First, we saw this in Panama City, FL. Now it's happening right here at home!
Newsworks reports, a man dove into the water to help three struggling swimmers return to shore. Unfortunately, he also ended up needing help because of the strong rip current.
Cape May Fire Department was called to the scene on Beach and Philadelphia avenues to rescue the man, while the swimmers made it safely to shore.
The incredible photo above was posted to their Facebook page showing the impressive rescue by the firefighters along with Cape May Beach Patrol. Facebook commenters and beachgoers alike have been applauding the rescuers for their amazing rescue.
Philly Voice mentions, the United States Coast Guard was part of the rescue as well.
The four swimmers were taken to Cape Regional Medical Center for evaluation, but are expected to be OK.
If you ever catch yourself in a rip current, here are some tips from Newsworks:
- Stay calm.
- Don't fight the current.
- Escape the current by swimming in a direction following the shoreline. When free of the current, swim at an angle—away from the current—toward shore.
- If you are unable to escape by swimming, float or tread water. When the current weakens, swim at an angle away from the current toward shore.
- If at any time you feel you will be unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself: face the shore, call or wave for help.
Once again, round of applause to the rescuers for doing EVERYTHING they can!
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