Two rescued near Pedro Bluff

Emergency responders rescued two men in distress in the water near Pedro Bluff on Sunday morning.

The two men had been swept out to sea by large waves while collecting whelks on the ironshore, police said. A couple who were kite fishing saw the men struggling in the water and called 911 at around 8:30 a.m.

Uniformed police and a rapid response team of two police officers trained in emergency medical response and search-and-rescue diving responded, along with fire department units which provided flotation equipment and ropes.

The emergency responders tried to get the flotation devices to the men, who were treading water about 100 yards offshore. Due to the choppiness of the water, the men were quickly fatigued, so the rescue divers attached ropes to themselves and swam out to the men. The divers were in the water for several minutes fighting a strong current and wave action, but were able to bring the men ashore, police public relations officer Jacqueline Carpenter said.

Both men, in their 40s, were treated by emergency medical crews and chose not to go to the hospital.

“We commend the excellent coordination of all first responders to the scene, including the 911 dispatchers, uniform police, police search-and-rescue divers, Fire Department personnel and EMS personnel, who demonstrated in this instance the coordination and training needed to make the right decisions at the right moment to save lives,” Ms. Carpenter said.