Off-duty lifeguard's quick thinking helps make water rescue off Long Beach

By coincidence, officials says the Long Beach Fire Department Water Rescue Team was preparing for an exercise nearby and responded quickly.

News 12 Staff

Jun 25, 2021, 10:11 AM

Updated 1,022 days ago

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An off-duty rookie lifeguard jumped into action to save a man in distress off of Long Beach Thursday.
Pictures show the scene of National Boulevard around 6 p.m.
Officials say rookie lifeguard Nickolai Alfasi, 17, was riding his bike home on the boardwalk when he spotted a man struggling in the water and went after him.
The victim was being swept around the jetty by the current.
By coincidence, officials says the Long Beach Fire Department Water Rescue Team was preparing for an exercise nearby and responded quickly.
Rescue crews and other off-duty lifeguards were able to help Alfasi bring the man to safety.
News 12 is told the man was treated at the scene and is OK.


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