Lifeguards rescue swimmer in Westport

Lifeguards in Westport say they saved a swimmer who nearly drowned in the Long Island Sound Monday morning. The incident occurred at Burying Hill Beach at around 10 a.m. Witnesses say the lifeguards

News 12 Staff

Jul 21, 2015, 1:54 AM

Updated 3,250 days ago

Share:

Lifeguards in Westport say they saved a swimmer who nearly drowned in the Long Island Sound Monday morning.
The incident occurred at Burying Hill Beach at around 10 a.m.
Witnesses say the lifeguards acted quickly to save the woman, who was at least 100 yards from the shore.
The lifeguards on duty grabbed a rescue board and say they fought through fast-moving water to get to her.
"There is a current that runs between Burying Hill and Sherwood and it's really strong, so swimming out there is definitely a struggle," says lifeguard Caroline Collins.
Lifeguards believe the woman may have been swimming at Sherwood Island and got caught in the dangerous current.
Rescuers say this should be a lesson for swimmers.
"I would recommend staying significantly within the buoy line because it's our job to save you and if there is an emergency, we need to be out there in time," says Collins.
The lifeguards say the woman is OK. They also say that this is the first time they had to rescue someone.


More from News 12
0:31
Bridgeport fire, possible explosion force building evacuation, close elementary school

Bridgeport fire, possible explosion force building evacuation, close elementary school

2:03
STORM WATCH: Sunny and warm today, gusty thunderstorms and possible hail expected Friday afternoon

STORM WATCH: Sunny and warm today, gusty thunderstorms and possible hail expected Friday afternoon

2:34
Main Street Connecticut: Showcasing the best of Stamford

Main Street Connecticut: Showcasing the best of Stamford

2:09
Survivors of Sandy Hook shooting remember classmates on day they would have graduated high school

Survivors of Sandy Hook shooting remember classmates on day they would have graduated high school

0:37
4 Milford PD officers, supervisors on leave as probe into Michael Brown’s death continues

4 Milford PD officers, supervisors on leave as probe into Michael Brown’s death continues

Connecticut HVAC companies share tips on how to prepare for potential heat wave

Connecticut HVAC companies share tips on how to prepare for potential heat wave

2:57
Will arrests and a new reform law finally curb Bridgeport ballot abuse?

Will arrests and a new reform law finally curb Bridgeport ballot abuse?

2:08
Police: Good Samaritan saved women stabbed in Bridgeport over the weekend

Police: Good Samaritan saved women stabbed in Bridgeport over the weekend

0:20
State police: Shelton man produced, possessed child pornography

State police: Shelton man produced, possessed child pornography

1:40
Stamford PD warns Spanish-speakers about kidnapped family members phone scam

Stamford PD warns Spanish-speakers about kidnapped family members phone scam

2:26
Proposed O&G Industries expansion along Nowalk River prompts concerns from residents

Proposed O&G Industries expansion along Nowalk River prompts concerns from residents

0:57
 Jonathan Cubit visits students at Stamford's Stillmeadow Elementary School

Jonathan Cubit visits students at Stamford's Stillmeadow Elementary School

Sandy Hook shooting survivors to graduate with mixed emotions without 20 of their classmates

Sandy Hook shooting survivors to graduate with mixed emotions without 20 of their classmates

0:22
Gas leak temporarily shuts down portion of New Canaan downtown

Gas leak temporarily shuts down portion of New Canaan downtown

0:29
Hawk tangled in soccer net rescued in Woodbridge

Hawk tangled in soccer net rescued in Woodbridge

4:41
Father-son Alzheimer's Disease journey explored in new short film ‘Not the Same Clarence’

Father-son Alzheimer's Disease journey explored in new short film ‘Not the Same Clarence’

0:30
Connecticut to receive $9.2 million from Johnson & Johnson talc settlement

Connecticut to receive $9.2 million from Johnson & Johnson talc settlement

0:21
3 men arrested in connection with September shooting at Bridgeport lounge

3 men arrested in connection with September shooting at Bridgeport lounge

4:15
Guide: 12 tips for summer boating safety

Guide: 12 tips for summer boating safety

2:50
Four face election fraud charges in 2019 Bridgeport mayor’s race

Four face election fraud charges in 2019 Bridgeport mayor’s race