WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — An early morning swim turned dangerous at Wrightsville Beach. Crews from the Coast Guard, Wrightsville Beach Fire Department, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and Ocean Rescue helped rescue two swimmers from the water around 3 a.m. Saturday.
A concerned citizen called 911 when they saw a man start to struggle in the water. A good samaritan jumped in to help, but also became distressed.
New Hanover County dispatch contacted Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach while the New Hanover County Sheriff’s department launched their helicopter, SABLE, and Wrightsville Beach Fire Department deployed two Ocean Rescue lifeguards from shore.
About 10 minutes after the initial call, a 25-foot Response Boat and small crew from CG Station Wrightsville Beach arrived on scene. SABLE illuminated the area from above, while the boat crew pulled the distressed swimmer, the good samaritan and one of lifeguards onboard. The second lifeguard swam ashore while the boat, crew and passengers headed to the CG Station.
“The crew of did an outstanding job in the recovery of the people in the water, and I attribute it to us working hand in hand with the local agencies,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jose Segura, operations petty officer of Station Wrightsville Beach. “This comes from years of developing relationships with the local agencies in the community.”
The man rescued was reportedly intoxicated, but in good health, and was taken into custody by New Hanover County Sheriff’s Deputies.