Crescent Beach tides: Metro Vancouver man nearly drowned

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The off-duty 19-year-old rescuer sprang into action and began performing chest compressions on the unconscious man.

“She did everything right.”

A Metro Vancouver lifeguard is being praised for her ‘heroic rescue’ of a drowning man on a local beach.

Morgan Brewster, head of the Crescent Beach Life Guarding Corporation (CBLG), said Emma Baecker “sprung into action” when she was told an unconscious man had been pulled from the water.

“She provided immediate lifesaving measures to this man, who certainly needed it…he was not breathing when he came out of the water,” he said. Vancouver is great.

On Tuesday (August 16) around 7:30 p.m., several people noticed a man in the water at the cordoned-off area of ​​Crescent Beach awkwardly and slowly kicking the water and “quietly coming up for breath,” according to a Facebook post.

After a few minutes, one of the onlookers asked his sister to swim over to him and see if he was unconscious. After finding out he was, the sister and two other women helped drag him to shore.

The cordoned off area is not patrolled by lifeguards after 7 p.m., but Baecker was teaching a paddleboard lesson at a nearby dock.

When informed of the situation, the off-duty 19-year-old lifeguard sprang into action and began performing chest compressions on the unconscious man.

Firefighters arrived on the scene a few minutes later and transported the individual to the hospital where he was discharged a few days later.

Tides at Crescent Beach and Safety Considerations

Katie Brook, a social worker who was one of the women who helped the drowning man, told CBLG that Baecker’s expertise helped save the man’s life. She noted that she did not recognize that the victim was drowning at first.

“I think I probably had an unrealistic conception of what drowning was like. Part of me thought they would be screaming or calling for help. I would have thought it would look more frantic and that is why we didn’t think he was drowning,” she said.

“So it’s kind of a reminder for all of us of how quickly things can change when you’re swimming in the ocean,” Brewster added. “And in this case, the victim was a ‘non-swimmer’ and we want the public to know that the ocean is different from a swimming pool. There can be a fall, there [are] current winds, and [there are] all kinds of factors that can affect your ability to swim there.”

Baecker, who is in her second year on duty at Crescent Beach, echoed that sentiment, adding that swimming is especially dangerous when the area is unsupervised at night and early in the morning.

‘This is because the seabed drops into the nearby channel and there is often a fierce ocean current that brings the tide in and out of Boundary Bay twice a day,’ she explained in the post. on social networks.

This is the ninth rescue at Crescent Beach this summer, representing a significant increase from previous years, Brewster said. While he doesn’t have the stats handy, he noted that a typical year sees less than five.

“And we just attribute it to beach attendance. [have] becoming in this post-COVID era,” he said, adding that Surrey’s population also continues to grow.

“The main message is a reminder of the risks of swimming in the ocean and taking the necessary precautions before entering the water.”

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