Nags Head Ocean Rescue responded to a swimmer out in the ocean in distress this week — a rescue captured in a pair of dramatic photos by Carl Lewis.
“[Nags Head] lifeguards are trained to maintain concentrated observation of their duty area and its users in order to anticipate problems,” the town wrote in a Facebook post. “They identify emergencies and quickly intervene with rescue measures.”
The incident, near Jennette’s Pier, shows why it’s so important to swim near a lifeguard stand, swim with a flotation device, know rip current conditions and follow the lifeguard instructions.
“Lifeguard Ethan did a great job bringing this swimmer to safety. Lifeguard Supervision Sarah assisted by assessing the swimmer to confirm no injuries and educate on rip currents and ocean safety,” the town wrote.