I was on the boardwalk around 4 and witnessed an ocean rescue. My first-hand account is followed by the LBFD’s statement.
Perhaps more than a dozen first responders were in the water searching for the missing swimmer, supported by boats, police/firefighters on the boardwalk with binoculars, a helicopter, and a plethora of other LBFD, LBPD, and ocean rescue assets. I believe I even saw a few surfers trying to help. The professionalism and massive response that was on exhibit by the police and fire department was incredible. Firefighters and police that were clearly off-duty were on the boardwalk and on the beach, rushing to help in any way possible. From my perspective, they were able to find the missing swimmer in minutes and watching the heroic first responders do everything they could to resuscitate the victim is an image that will be with me for some time. I’ll let you read Fire Chief Rich Corbett’s statement below.
LBFD Statement follows:
Today at 4:11pm, the LBFD was notified for a swimmer in distress in the ocean at Edwards Blvd. Witnesses said that they saw a male enter the water next to the jetties at Edwards Blvd wearing long pants.
Upon conformation of the missing swimmer, other agencies were requested to respond as per a mutual aid agreement. Units from the Island Park, Freeport FD’s, Atlantic Beach Rescue, NCPD Avaition and Marine units and the US Coast Guard responded
The missing swimmer, age 39, was located approx 30 minutes later and pulled from the ocean in cardiac arrest and transported to LBMC via Island Park ambulance with LBFD paramedics on board
Even though every resource was deployed to help this person, and the staff at the LBMC ER did everything the could,he was pronounced a short time later