Lifeguards rescue girl, good Samaritans

May 17, 2009 1:39:37 PM PDT
Rescue crews pulled three people out of the water off the Marin County Coast Saturday afternoon, just off Stinson Beach Federal Park.

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One teenage girl was very lucky.

Lifeguards say around 3:00 p.m. the girl got caught in a rip current. Two men spotted her in the water and went out to help her.

Witnesses said the men lifted the girl up and held her up for several minutes so she could catch her breath. They continued holding her up until more help arrived.

Officials say the closest lifeguard tower was unstaffed because they are not fully staffed yet since the official summer season has not begun. So, rescuers were delayed, forced to drive down the extremely-crowded beach to get to the victims.

By the time help arrived both good Samaritans were exhausted, so lifeguards had to pull all three people from the water.

Officials called a helicopter for the young girl but when they realized she was doing okay they cancelled the call. She was transported to a hospital by ambulance and is expected to be okay.

One of the good Samaritan's friends told ABC 7 that the young man is a high school senior who works part time as a lifeguard. The men were exhausted but reported to be in good condition.

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