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Old 08-20-2017, 12:35 PM
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Beautiful day yesterday, wife and I anchored up off N. side of North jetty to swim. I was snorkeling around checking out a big bait school and lots of cudas when my wife yelled at me. She pointed to the end of the jetty and said a lady was having a hard time. I had her throw me a line and I swam over to her. Bad situation with a lady with no fins was caught in the incoming tide and was about to go under. She had gotten herself up by the rocks and was getting slammed by the boat wakes. A guy was up on the jetty trying to help so I threw him the line and gave her the loop end. She was cut up pretty bad but was able to get out, I got slammed a few times and barnacles were not forgiving.

About 20 minutes later I hear screaming and look up to see another lady with a little boy in the same situation, this poor kid was terrified. The same guy was up there and was trying to get down to him so I jumped out with my mask and fins and swam back over there. The guy had gotten the kid by the time I got to them but the lady was in the wash and getting worked over as a sportfish had come in and put up a 2' breaker on those rocks. She finally got up too.

The current was ripping at this point and I had a hard time getting back around the corner myself.

We really don't go by this side of the jetty much and I'm very surprised there isn't a guard or even warning signs about the current. I'm sure these people were tourists and didn't know better but that could have been really bad.
Old 08-20-2017, 01:23 PM
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Nice lifeguarding work LW. Glad willing help was nearby for the folks.
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Good job on helping out!
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Bravo..... Your a hero.

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Cant fix stupid
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I'm not surprised that boats were throwing wakes while this was happening. Most people I encounter in the inlet drive their boats like a holes.
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I bet the poor guy standing on the rocks was thinking, my goodness here we go again.
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Originally Posted by cajflynn View Post
I'm not surprised that boats were throwing wakes while this was happening. Most people I encounter in the inlet drive their boats like a holes.
Last time I checked it's not a no wake zone, your choice to anchor/swim in that area.

OP, nice work people just don't understand how fast that current moves on that south jetty.

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