Off-duty N.J. State Police trooper rescues swimmer in distress

A New Jersey State Trooper who was vacationing with his family in North Carolina on August 4 rescued a swimmer who was caught in a riptide and being pulled out into the ocean.

While enjoying the day on the beach with his family, Trooper Craig Kempinski was alerted by his wife that someone was caught in a riptide. He noticed the swimmer was approximately 200 yards into the ocean and knew he had to get to her as quickly as possible, New Jersey State Police said.

Tpr. Kempinski resorted to his water rescue training, and used a boogie board to navigate the hazardous current to the victim.

She was exhausted and could barely stay above the water, so he provided her with the boogie board to keep her afloat. With assistance from a paddle-boarder, Tpr. Kempinski got her back to the shore safely.

Despite swallowing some water and being exhausted, emergency personnel determined she didn’t sustain any injuries.

“Tpr. Kempinski’s quick actions undoubtedly helped prevent a tragedy,” state police said.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook

(Photo: Trooper Craig Kempinski/Courtesy New Jersey State Police)