Lifeguards rescue man trapped in Long Beach rip current

Posted: Updated:
LONG BEACH -

A man who was sucked into a strong rip current was rescued by lifeguards in Long Beach Tuesday.

Lifeguards were not on duty at the time, but some who witnessed the man in trouble were able to make the save. The rescued man was seen being taken off the beach on a stretcher but is expected to be OK. 

Even though there were sunbathers and swimmers along the shore Tuesday, beaches in Long Beach are actually closed. 

"The season's over…the water is bad. We have rip currents in the water," says head lifeguard Paul Gillespie.   

Many of the beachgoers who spoke with News 12 Long Island said they would be staying on dry land after seeing the dramatic beach rescue.

"The water is rough and there are no lifeguards after Labor Day. They should rethink that," says Michael Santora, of Roslyn Heights. 

Long Beach will not have lifeguards on duty until Memorial Day 2018. Jones Beach will have lifeguards on duty until Sept. 17.

  • SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

    24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

    24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

    The 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony was held Sunday, Jan. 21 in Los Angeles. Images via Getty.

    The 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony was held Sunday, Jan. 21 in Los Angeles. Images via Getty.

  • Dog Day Fridays for Jan. 19

    Dog Day Fridays for Jan. 19

    Friday, January 19 2018 9:44 AM EST2018-01-19 14:44:54 GMT
    Belle is approximately 1 year old. This sheppard mix is very sweet, playful, lovable and loves treats. She's good with dogs.Belle is approximately 1 year old. This sheppard mix is very sweet, playful, lovable and loves treats. She's good with dogs.

    This week's dogs were up for adoption at Ruff House Rescue. The shelter's phone number is (516) 462-9454. They can also be contacted via email - ruffhouserescue@gmail.com.

    This week's dogs were up for adoption at Ruff House Rescue. The shelter's phone number is (516) 462-9454. They can also be contacted via email - ruffhouserescue@gmail.com.

  • President Trump's first year in office

    President Trump's first year in office

    President Trump's first year in officePresident Trump's first year in office

    Here's a look at President Trump's first year in office.

    Here's a look at President Trump's first year in office.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."