Lifeguards jumped into action and rescued a Bucks County girl after a dangerous rip current nearly pulled her out to sea along the New Jersey coast Wednesday.
Alyssa Pandolfi of Langhorne, Pennsylvania was visiting the beach in Manasquan, New Jersey with her grandmother and 9-year-old daughter Angelina. Angelina was with a group of people in the water when she was suddenly carried away by a rip current.
“She went in and the waves, it just took her right out,” Pandolfi said.
Fortunately for the young girl a lifeguard was right there watching it all unfold. He and another lifeguard jumped in to rescue the girl as she fought through her fear to remain calm.
“I was nervous but then when the lifeguards came out I felt more, I felt brave,” Angelina said. “They just helped me but there was this one time where this huge wave came and I almost drowned because I couldn’t hold my breath any longer.”
The lifeguards pulled the girl to safety as a crowd on the beach applauded. The girl was not seriously injured.