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Drone Footage Captures Lifeguards In Action, Bringing Distressed Boogie Boarder Back To Shore.

The lifeguards formed a human chain to pull the swimmer to shore.

A Florida tattoo artist recently captured some incredible footage of a courageous beach rescue. Joseph Osborne was playing around with a drone camera during his break on Saturday when something caught his attention. While flying the device over Flagler Beach, he saw a group of lifeguards working together to save a boogie boarder in trouble. In order to reach the unfortunate swimmer, who had drifted too far out, the team formed a human chain.

“I didn’t even know that existed,” Joseph told Fox 35, referring to the way the lifeguards linked themselves together to save the victim. “You don’t know what they know. You just have trust in them.”

A team of lifeguards rescued a boogie boarder in the water.
Screengrab from ABC7/YouTube

He continued, “I was actually kind of impressed. It was definitely a rehearsed thing … with their buoys and their lines, and they use them in unison. Very impressive. I thought it was very neat.”

Others have also been marveling at the rescue technique shown in the video, which has since gone viral. Senior lifeguard Rebecca Reynolds says that it’s not often she and her coworkers have bird’s-eye view footage of their own feats.

The lifeguards formed a human chain to pull the swimmer to shore.
Screengrab from ABC7/YouTube

“We just have to tell by word of mouth or tell each other about our rescues, but we never really get to see how far out a person was or how well we did something,” she said.

Tom Gillin, ocean rescue director at Flagler Beach, clarified that the boogie boarder wasn’t drowning; he just couldn’t get back to shore. Apparently, the method used to retrieve him isn’t unheard of.

Lifeguards were able to successfully rescue the victim.
Screengrab from ABC7/YouTube

“We just link the buoys together and we form that chain,” Tom explained to the Daytona Beach News-Journal. “The person at the beginning of the chain is on shallow footing, so they can pull back and walk their way back.”

Watch the footage captured by Joseph’s drone in the video below!

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