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View Poll Results: what would you do if you were on the beach and saw 2 ppl drowning (no lifeguards)

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  • paddle out and save them!

    39 73.58%
  • wait until its obvious that no one else is going to do anyhing and paddle out to save them

    13 24.53%
  • leave and pretend you didnt see anything. they would have sued you anyway

    1 1.89%
  • yay summertime!!! lets go down the shawre

    2 3.77%
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  1. #1

    saw two people almost drown, what would you do

    yesterday morning i surfed south end spring lake, got out of the water around 10AM, walked up the boardwalk and see these two guys who were doing the craziest backstroke ive ever seen. it seriously looked like the most hardcore backstroke. then i see these lifegaurds looking at them from the beach trying to figure out what was going on. Then the guys just started full on panicking and screaming HELLLP HELP ME it was crazy the guy was just going all the way to the bottom and pushing off the bottom of the ocean to burst above the water and then do this backstroke thing then go to the bottom again. lifeguards got on it and ssaved them and im glad they are OK but relieved i didnt have to paddle out and try to help them.. if it was after hours i would feel like i had to do something.

    so i have a poll, what would you do?

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    Save them! Anyone that has a decent head on their shoulders would do the same.
    Plus me being an ex lifeguard I feel it's my responsibility.

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    thats what i would do, i was getting ready to do that but then i saw the guards checking it out. i was talking to two other surfers (one was a car salesman and the other was a landscaper - experts) tell me the people can sue you or if you get to them when they are almost dead and get them on the beach and try to give CPR and fail then u r fuct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by windswellsucks View Post
    thats what i would do, i was getting ready to do that but then i saw the guards checking it out. i was talking to two other surfers (one was a car salesman and the other was a landscaper - experts) tell me the people can sue you or if you get to them when they are almost dead and get them on the beach and try to give CPR and fail then u r fuct?
    Well, not sure about the rules nowadays...but when i guarded bystanders were not allowed to interfere with rescues. Even though they felt the need to. I would say if it's off hours and there are no guards do what you gotta.....can't see any harm coming out of trying to be a hero.

    Also, some beaches have after hours....like all the guards leave at 5 and there is still a few that need to stay till 7. But after 7 there is no guards at all.

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    I think you are missing a spot in your survey for - Go Get Help.

    All the points made are very valid. Besides just being held reliable if something wrong happens, you also put your own life at risk by going in after them. While we are all experienced in the water, know our limitations, and can handle and understand the conditions, people in this situation could act sporadically and freak out when you get to them - putting you in the same place they are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goin_retro View Post
    I think you are missing a spot in your survey for - Go Get Help.

    All the points made are very valid. Besides just being held reliable if something wrong happens, you also put your own life at risk by going in after them. While we are all experienced in the water, know our limitations, and can handle and understand the conditions, people in this situation could act sporadically and freak out when you get to them - putting you in the same place they are.
    I'd save them if i could. In fact this situation happened to me about 10 years ago at 118th street in OC. Mom and daughter in a bad rip after hours and i paddled out and got them both out of the rip and gave the mom my board. i swam the daughter into shallow water then went back out for mom..

    I would only do that since i had guard training and know how to react if they try to drown you out of fear.

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    WAIT!!!!

    Our we talking 2 benny's/guidos?














    Just joking I would save them anyway......

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    Quote Originally Posted by windswellsucks View Post
    i was talking to two other surfers (one was a car salesman and the other was a landscaper - experts) tell me the people can sue you or if you get to them when they are almost dead and get them on the beach and try to give CPR and fail then u r fuct?
    ive think ive heard of something called the Good Samaritan Law or something like that. basically it protects you from those types of situations where ur helping in a life or death situation. an example would be if someone gets in a really bad car accident and ur driving by. naturally, u would stop and try to help them out to the best of ur abbilities. if u knocked there head tryin to pull them out of the car or failed at CPR or something, they couldnt sue u for trying to help

    back to the question though, i would (and have) definitly swim over to save them. ive only had to do it once fortunately. it was 2 years ago at 52nd in OCMD where a little girl was playin at the waters edge in the shorebreak. of course her mother was talking to someone on the beach and not paying attention at all. i was sponging at the time (yes i do both lol) and saw her get hit by a wave and literally dragged into the water. she obviously couldnt swim cuz she never came up. i paddled like f****** crazy and got to where i saw her go under, reached down, and pulled her up by her leg. thank god i was there, cuz no one saw her go under; it happened in a split second. ive never seen a mother more embarassed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surferboi0911 View Post
    ive think ive heard of something called the Good Samaritan Law or something like that. basically it protects you from those types of situations where ur helping in a life or death situation. an example would be if someone gets in a really bad car accident and ur driving by. naturally, u would stop and try to help them out to the best of ur abbilities. if u knocked there head tryin to pull them out of the car or failed at CPR or something, they couldnt sue u for trying to help

    back to the question though, i would (and have) definitly swim over to save them. ive only had to do it once fortunately. it was 2 years ago at 52nd in OCMD where a little girl was playin at the waters edge in the shorebreak. of course her mother was talking to someone on the beach and not paying attention at all. i was sponging at the time (yes i do both lol) and saw her get hit by a wave and literally dragged into the water. she obviously couldnt swim cuz she never came up. i paddled like f****** crazy and got to where i saw her go under, reached down, and pulled her up by her leg. thank god i was there, cuz no one saw her go under; it happened in a split second. ive never seen a mother more embarassed.

    I hate when I see little kids in the water and their parents aren't watching them - it makes me really nervous.

    If you help someone at the scene of an incident, you are covered legally by the Good Samaritan Laws - it also covers if you start lifesaving procedures, etc. It also covers people like myself or lifeguards, police, EMS, MDs who have licenses, certificates, etc that need to be protected.

    I helped someone in a rip as recently as last week, and I always go over to surfers that have tombstoned, or hit with their boards, bad wipeouts, etc. We are each other's keepers.

  10. #10
    Save them, So they can tell the rest of the benny's at DJ's that night about how they should stay out of the ocean.