Distressed swimmer rescued by LBFD lifeguards, ‘good Samaritan’

The Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) released information on Aug. 22 regarding the rescue of a drowning man in Rainbow Harbor that day.
At approximately 9:55am, LBFD Marine Safety lifeguards responded to a “distressed swimmer” call in Rainbow Harbor. Upon arrival, LBFD Rescue Boat 2 located two people in the water behind the Grand Romance paddle boat. A distressed male swimmer, who appeared to be in his 40s, was hanging on to the back paddle wheel and was spotted by crew members just prior to engaging the paddlewheel and backing out of the slip. Lifeguards tossed a life ring, and a “good Samaritan” entered the water with a lifejacket in an attempt to stabilize the distressed swimmer. Lifeguards entered the water and assisted both people onto the dock.
The initial swimmer was thought to be psychologically unstable and hypothermic. He was transported via LBFD Paramedic Rescue to a local hospital, and the “good Samaritan” was released without injury.
“Swimming rescues are very dynamic in nature,” said LBFD Marine Safety Chief Randy Foster. “As a layperson, remember to call 911 and get the proper resources coming.”
LBFD Public Information Officer Will Nash shared the following safety information: “If attempting a rescue, remember the phrase ‘Reach, Throw, Row, Go!’ Entering the water is the last resort. Don’t put yourself in danger and become part of the problem. Frightened victims can often cling on to and overwhelm potential rescuers. In this instance, all ended well.”

Source: LBFD

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