A man and woman appeared to be safe Tuesday evening after a water rescue at D River Beach where the man rescued the woman after she went swimming in the Pacific.
Lois Smith, visiting from Vancouver, Wash., was sitting in a beach chair shortly after 4 p.m. when she saw a woman –who she later found out was named Summer– swimming and body surfing about 75 feet off shore. Summer started yelling for help, triggering multiple 911 calls from those on the beach, and sending Summer’s acquaintance, Devin, after her.
According to Smith, while she was calling 911, Devin stripped off his clothes, grabbed an inner tube and swam out to Summer. Devin made it to Summer and the two clung to the inner tube, but appeared to be stuck, preventing them from coming back to land. Smith believes a long rope with a knot on it was to blame, possibly wedged in the rocks. A rip current could have also been what was keeping them from reaching shore.
“We were praying for these people,” Smith said. “Me and another woman just started praying for them to come in safely.”
Smith said the pair started coming in “all of a sudden” and made it to the beach.
“I think that rope gave with all the waves crashing and they got free,” she said.
North Lincoln Fire & Rescue’s Water Rescue unit was on the beach ready to deploy water craft, but it was not needed as the rescue had already occurred. First responders tended to the pair on the beach.
Summer and Devin, weary from the episode, could be seen hugging each other lying on the sand. A NLFR truck whisked the two off the beach to get them warm.
“We have two cold but not complaining of any other issues,” a voice on NLFR’s radio said.
The status of Summer and Devin is unknown at this time.
Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital emergency room staff could not confirm or deny if they had the two as patients.
Smith said Devin and Summer were coherent and should be fine.
A NLFR duty officer was contacted, but did not respond to our request for comment.
If you see someone struggling in the ocean, keep tracking their location and call 911. Dispatchers will tell you not to go in after the person and to wait for rescue units to arrive.