Navarre woman films water rescue as it happens

Northwest Florida

NAVARRE BEACH, Fla. (WKRG) — A Navarre woman caught a water rescue that happened at Navarre Beach on Wednesday on camera.

Friday, officials in Destin had to close the beaches due to almost 70 water rescues in the last two days.

Lifeguards at Pensacola Beach say rip current warnings have been issued and ten water rescues on Friday alone throughout Escambia County.

Sheila Tucker shot the video from her home. In the video, you can see lifeguards trying to save two adult men from a rip current. Navarre Beach lifeguards say they had five people in the water at the time.

“They just jumped off their dune buggies and jumped into the water and swam out there to what I thought were children and couldn’t get back,” Tucker said. “They couldn’t get the people back and they couldn’t get themselves back.”

Eventually, after more lifeguards showed up to assist, they were able to pull the two men from the water.

Lifeguards did confirm the men were alright and did not need to go to the hospital.

Tucker says lifeguards are not given enough credit.

“Please reach out to those lifeguards and say thank you,” Tucker said. “They may not be saving your life today, but they are saving someone and watching out for your kids.”

In Santa Rosa County, officials say they had to pull five people from the water Friday.

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