NY Lifeguard Called ‘Angel’ After Saving Swimmer

NEW YORK (AP) — A Long Island lifeguard is being called a guardian angel after saving a swimmer from dangerous rip currents.

Eighteen-year old Kristen Caulfield had just finished her shift at the Atlantic Beach Club Thursday when she saw people shouting and pointing at a struggling swimmer 100 yards from shore.

Caulfield plunged in. After navigating through menacing tides stirred up by the approach of Hurricane Earl, she reached the swimmer, 58-year-old Mike Gimpel.

Caulfield slipped a 600-foot tow rope around herself and Gimpel and 15 people onshore pulled them to safety. The Rockville Centre teen tells Newsday she was coughing up seawater after the rescue.

Both were checked out at Long Beach Hospital that night, but were then fine.

Caulfield was back at work Friday. Gimpel visited her and apologized for the ordeal.

  • lifesaver

    I can’t believe this guy, what the hell were you doing swimming out there. You apologized for the ordeal. You should be kissing the ground this brave young lady walks on for saving your life.

  • Dan Te

    Instead of risking life and limb to save this imbecile, the life guard should have just filmed it’s mighty struggle of stupidity and we can all have a good laugh watching it.

  • Marcia Gelfand

    Mr Gimpel you you put other people’s lives at risk with your stupidity.

  • E Dawg

    schmuch should have stayed out of the water. Rock barriors to smash into if not carefull

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