Life guards/water rescues
August 7, 2007 8:41am CST
One of my friends here asked a question about being rescued by a life guard. That got me to thinking about my experiences. There were 2 occasions that I've been "rescued." The first time I didn't know I needed rescuing & the other time I knew I didn't. (My question will be at the end.) The first one was when I was a pretty young child, maybe 6 at the oldest, probably closer to 5. My cousin, Dean, my brother & I were building the BEST sand castle we had ever made. We were at Jenkins beach in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. We had been working on it for a long time, it was our biggest & best. We had been reenforcing it against the incoming tide & the waves were just beginning to get close, sometimes touching our outer walls... Suddenly, I was grabbed from behind. I vaguely recalling seeing my brother & cousin also grabbed by people running up around us, screaming. The next thing I remember is there was a BIG BOAT in the MIDDLE of OUR SAND CASTLE!!!!! Then I was in one of my aunt's arms being handed to my mom & my brother was being carried to join us. Do I remember life guards? No. But I remember the BOAT! The next time I saw a lifeguard was at the same beach, years later. Now, I don’t know why, but it seems people that do a lot of ocean swimming, don’t really learn how to swim. I was eleven, & we were body surfing the waves. This isn’t the best beach for surfing, the drop is very abrupt, the waves hit very close to the beach. The waves were running about 6 feet, anything higher & they close the beaches there because of the danger. I slipped under the wave & it broke on me. Next thing I knew I was “eating” sand, being pounded into the beach by the breaker. I held my breath, kept my eyes closed & started crawling out. When the water started sucking back, I sank my hands into the sand/gravel & held on. The life guard got me before the next wave did & we walked out of the surf, he asking me if I was all right. “Sure, why shouldn’t I be?” I asked. I wasn’t even panicked, I had known I was fine, just gotten a swimsuit full of sand & gravel that was all. I guess that he was surprised. “I can swim,” I told him, & that seemed to surprise him too. My mom came over & had me sit for a while, but really I was about done for the day anyway. The water at Point Pleasant is pretty cold & I’m not much into cold water. So, have any of you ever been rescued, whether you needed to be or not?
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• United States
9 Aug 07
LOL--- great stories and memories- I can even picture you doing these things- I bet it was a drag having a boat on top on the Best sand castle you guys had ever made- I would have been mad! To answer your question- No- I’ve never been rescued by a lifeguard- I spent most of my life in pools, and parks with swimming areas- Never on the beaches- I know I was deprived- Living in Upstate NY- there are no beaches here- or the ocean- I have been as an adult quite a few times- but never needed rescuing.
• United States
8 Aug 07
Yes i and my daughter was rescued by my ex husband,and i will never forget that day as long as i live.We were at Galveston Beach in Galveston Texas...I am very very fearful of water because i cannot swim at all.When i was small ,my mom would not let us get near water.You would have to have known my Mom ,she was a very fearful person and even though she was a great mom ,she passed along all those fears to us kids.Anyway we were in Galveston and my daughter and i were in the water,and we drifted out to far i suppose or the tide took us out i am not sure..Well when I rwealized what had happened i began to panic ,and my daughter being beside me she was taking on my fear...MY husband ,her dad at that time saw our plight and being the excellent swimmer he was ,he swam to get us,he almost could not save us because i was so panicy,and fighting because i was out of my head with fear....He di finally save us but when it was all over he was terrified,he told me later that had he not been so desperate he would have not been able to save us ,for he had to fight that water to pull us out.He was white with fear and i have never been back since.That is one experience that i will never forget.
• United States
9 Aug 07
My mother insisted we learn to swim, since she felt the lack in herself, tho she had taken lessons. I feel it is wrong not to sign up children for lessons so they won't have trouble later in life when they might get invited to friends for swimming parties.
• United States
7 Aug 07
I have never been rescued, bu I have rescued one person. We were high school kids at a party on Long Beach Island. You know that if you know Point Pleasant! The waves come in sideways to the beach, & the stone jettys keep the sand from washing away. One of my friends, Gerry, was a tiny person & had been wearing a back/neck brace most of the time I knew her. You get pushed towards the jettys if you don't pay attention, & the sand gets scooped out from underneath you, & you suddenly have no foot hold, in a shallow section! She was caught out & started to panic. I was closest & can swim, but hadn't taken any life saving, but I wasn't going to wait for anyone else! I got her & pulled her into the shallows still kicking & beating on me! I had to actually pick her up & stand her up in the 3 feet of water I had pulled her to! If she was 90# & 5 feet tall, she was lucky. But I was beaten up pretty bad from saving her! But, I would have done it again! I have heard of people knocking out the people they are trying to save, just to keep them from drowning both of them!
29 Aug 07
I was around twelve and we were just following ducks down a river near our house when , I was standing in the middle of the river on a small island when I started sinking in the mud when My friend and sister couldn`t get me out they ran for help , all I remember seeing is my older sister running down the river and she pulled me out before I completley sank .... The river had risen by that time so I was very lucky I didn`t drown or sank under the mud ... Not Funny ...
9 Aug 07
When I was only 7 years old, we had an outing somewhere in Mt. Makiling. We went to a pool and while my father is busy talking to our other relatives. I took a dive at the pool. I never thought that it would be deep for my age. There was a lifeguard there but the swimmers came to rescue me before the lifeguard could come.