First-year lifeguard rescues man in Solana Beach

First-year Solana Beach lifeguard Rachel Donahue had a hero moment around noon on Aug. 7 when she rescued a man who was face down in the water near Solana Beach Cove.

Donahue first spotted the man from her lower tower waving his arms, said lifeguard captain Craig Miller.

“Next thing you know he was face down,” Miller said.

Donahue swam to his rescue and pulled him to shore with the help of some nearby men, Miller said. The man did not have a pulse and was not breathing when he came in, and three senior lifeguards from the high tower arrived and began CPR. Fire and medic officials joined and hooked up a defibrillator, Miller said.

He said he thinks a medical condition caused the incident because the man was in chest-deep water. Lifeguard officials are waiting to hear details on the condition of the man, who was rushed to the hospital from the scene.

Of Donahue, he said, “She did a great job of getting out there and getting him in.”

— Claire Harlin

   
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