Officer saves teens at Fort Pierce Inlet

Five teenage girls are lucky to be alive

FORT PIERCE, Fla. - Five teenage girls are lucky to be alive.

"The girls were yelling, they were screaming, they were frantic," says Deputy Sean Kane with the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office.

On Tuesday afternoon in the middle of a storm, the girls were trapped on the rocks in the Fort Pierce inlet. 

Some were standing on the rocks, others were in the water unable to move. 

Fort Pierce Police Officer Keith Holmes jumped into the water with a life preserver to rescue the five girls. It was tough.

"(I) Kept getting beat into the rocks," says Ofc. Holmes, "Grabbed the other female. She was hurt real bad, cut on her cheek and something with her shoulder. Swam her back to the boat with the life ring. Then got back into the boat and went over to the three females."

Police say the girls were surfing when the strong current pushed them into the rocks. 

Police and the U.S. Coast Guard were dispatched.  Deputy Kane and U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Wesley Samosuk were inside the boat and helped pull the girls to safety. 

"Just trying to keep everything stable was very difficult," says Petty Ofc. Samosuk who steered the boat, "Constantly maneuvering the engine, turning the wheel."

The three rescuers say the girls could have been killed without help but the men don't think they're heroes.

"Honestly it's our job," says Ofc. Holmes.

"It's what we signed up for," says Petty Ofc. Samosuk, "That's what we do. We go out, save people when they get in trouble."

One of the girls was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The other four girls were released to their parents.

The rescuers say luck was on their side. They were actually putting away the boats because of the high winds when the 911 call was made. 

Fortunately, there was one rescue boat still on the water.
 


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