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Jersey Shore surfer who defied death in viral wipe-out saves life of man drowning

A Jersey Shore surfer who survived a fall from a 20-foot wave in a wipe-out that went viral in December saved the life of one other man struggling to swim in the identical waters final week.

Brendan Tighe — who beforehand made headlines for the death-defying free fall captured on video — was browsing the waves off Belmar final Monday when he heard an individual yelling out.

He turned and noticed a man struggling to swim in the 50-degree water and paddled over to him, video of the rescue exhibits.

Brendan Tighe -- who previously made headlines for the death-defying free fall captured on video -- was surfing the waves off Belmar last Monday when he heard a person yelling out.
Brendan Tighe was browsing the waves off Belmar final Monday when he heard an individual yelling out.

“Today, 3 minutes into my session at a [beach] I never surf, I heard someone screaming for help significantly far from me,” Tighe wrote in an April 29 Instagram submit supposed to unfold consciousness on rescue strategies.

“I paddled 200 yards out and over from the jetty I was surfing to a nearly unconscious/hypothermic man floating on his back,” he stated. “He was drifting out to sea without a wetsuit and not swimming.”

Tighe, 33, described how he pushed his surfboard into the man’s arms to keep away from being pushed underwater himself as distressed swimmers typically unintentionally pull their rescuers underneath in an adrenaline-fueled panic.

The man grabbed on because the surfer pulled him towards the shore earlier than they bought caught in the identical riptide that pulled him out in the primary place, Tighe wrote.

He informed the struggling swimmer to carry onto the board as he swam round him after which pushed him the remainder of the way in which to the seaside, he wrote.

saw a man struggling to swim in the 50-degree water and paddled over to him, video of the rescue shows.
Video of the rescue exhibits Tighe seeing a man struggling to swim in the 50-degree water and paddling over to him. Beekmans Deli

Paramedics, cops and Coast Guard officers met the pair on the shore and took over the rescue effort from there.

The man was cleared by medics and shall be OK — however Tighe warned that it might have ended otherwise.

“I can confidently say if I wasn’t there, it would have been a lot different of a story,” Tighe told News 12.

Lifeguards additionally warned of the hazards.

The man grabbed on as the surfer pulled him toward the shore before they got caught in the same riptide that pulled him out in the first place, Tighe wrote.
The man grabbed on because the surfer pulled him towards the shore earlier than they bought caught in the identical riptide that pulled him out in the primary place. Numbskulls_surf/Instagram

“You come on the beach – it’s 85 degrees, it’s hot. You are automatically attracted to the water. The water is cold, your body is hot. The water is cold and that’s a recipe for hypothermia,” Belmar chief lifeguard Harry Harsin informed the native New Jersey information station.

Just a couple of blocks south of Belmar, a 23-year-old man from Belleville drowned in the waters off St. Clair Avenue Beach in Spring Lake, police stated. There have been no lifeguards on responsibility on the time.

Officials have warned beach-goers to remain out of the ocean in the pre-season when no lifeguards are current and the situations can shortly turn into harmful.

He told the struggling swimmer to hold onto the board as he swam around him and then pushed him the rest of the way to the beach, he wrote.
He informed the struggling swimmer to carry onto the board as he swam round him after which pushed him the remainder of the way in which to the seaside. Numbskulls_surf/Instagram

Tighe, who has lifeguard coaching and is CPR licensed, known as on fellow surfers to maintain an eye fixed out for struggling swimmers.

“Surfers: it may not be our responsibility to be lifeguards, but having the skill and being in the right place at the right time can save someone’s life,” he wrote on Instagram.

He additionally warned swimmers to remember of their talents and limits.

“Just be careful. Know your limits. If you can’t swim well in a pool, it’s not a great idea to swim in the ocean,” he informed News 12. “Just be careful – it’s a giant body of water that people take for granted.”

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