Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Woman Survives Being Swept off Nokomis Jetty

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Woman Survives Being Swept off Nokomis Jetty

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WATER RESCUE

SARASOTA COUNTY -- A woman was swept over the North Nokomis Jetty on Thursday and pulled from the water by a nearby surfer.

She was standing with about 20 people when a wave washed over the rock-lined jetty and carried her into the water around 1:30 p.m.

"I saw the lifeguard take off sprinting," said Matt Houston, who was at the park photographing the effects of Hurricane Hermine. "I talked to someone and they said she was pulled out. By the time I walked around, (the lifeguard) already had her."

The surfer who ran to the woman's aid was nearly swept off with her when a second swell hit, according to Dale Wilde, who saw the dramatic rescue unfold. Another man helped the surfer pull the woman from the water, and then he and another person carried her to shore. …

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