NC EMT hurt while performing beach rescue

Pine Knoll Shores officials reminded the public that the EMT should not have been put in the position in the first place because no swimming was allowed at the time


By EMS1 Staff

PINE KNOLL SHORES, N.C. — An EMT who was making a water rescue at a time when swimming was not allowed was injured.

WITN reported that the EMT was trying to navigate through high surf on a jet ski while attempting to rescue two people who were in serious danger at the time of the incident.

The EMT was unable to swim back to shore due to his injury. No other information was released.

City officials shared a video of the incident and reminded the public that the EMT “should never have been put in that position in the first place” because no one should have been swimming in the dangerous waters.

 

27 July 2018// PKS POSTS BLACK FLAGS ON BEACHES---NO SWIMMING ADVISORY Ladies and Gents, The Town of Pine Knoll Shores has issued a Black Flag No-Swimming advisory for all public beach access locations. All homeowner association and private home/condominium owners are also strongly advised to stay out of the ocean until surf conditions improve. Yesterday a Pine Knoll Shores EMT was injured during a water rescue on the west side of Town. He was injured when our jetski was operating in rough surf getting 2 people in serious trouble out of the water. As you can see in the video below, the ocean is absolutely unsafe now. Our EMT was the last person to get out of the water. At the very start of the video you can see him at the far left of the screen (wearing a PFD) awaiting pick-up. He could not swim in on his own due to his injury. The video is shared to show how dangerous the surf is. Our EMT never should have been put in that position in the first place. The National Weather Service has issued a Beach Hazard Statement for our beaches, and this is extended through tonight. Please visit the NWS website for an update here: https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Atlantic+Beach&state=NC&site=MHX&textField1=34.7&textField2=-76.7395 Your contact here is Chief Jason Baker at jbaker@townofpks.com

Posted by Town of Pine Knoll Shores on Friday, July 27, 2018

 

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