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4 Swimmers In Florida Rescued From Dangerous Rip Current

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Four Swimmers Rescued After Getting Caught In Rip Current (Source: MCSO)

It was a close call for four swimmers in serious distress after getting caught in a dangerous rip current off Santa Lucia Beach Saturday.

According to Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Community Policing Deputy Jake Blaszyk responded to the call and could see the dire situation, so he removed his duty gear and swam out to rescue the group.

Investigators say Deputy Blaszyk grabbed two of the swimmers and pulled them out of the current and back to shore.

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Martin County Fire Rescue First Responders were able to reach the other two swimmers and pull them to safety as well, deputies say.

Two swimmers were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

“Hats off to Deputy Blaszyk and to Martin County Fire Rescue First Responders for jumping into action on this. You do what you do, and you do it well,” said MCSO.


Rip currents are shallow, localized currents that quickly flow away from the shoreline toward the ocean. They claim about 100 lives annually across the U.S.

If you find yourself caught in a rip current, the first step is not to panic and try to swim against the current. Turn on your back, float for a few seconds, and alert people on the beach.

Next, start swimming parallel to the coastline until you feel the pull relax.

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From there, start swimming back to shore at an angle. Many panicked swimmers try swimming straight back to shore. That causes them to swim against the current, which increases their risk of drowning due to fatigue.

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