Swimmer Caught in Rip Current Despite Red Flag Warning

By KBJR News 1

July 4, 2012 Updated Jul 5, 2012 at 8:15 PM CST

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - A 20 year old woman from Rogers, Minnesota is thankful after being rescued out of a rip current on Duluth's Park Point.

The incident happened shortly after 6:30 Wednesday when the woman got caught up in the current.

She knew to swim sideways and was able to keep her head above water and yell for help.

A surfer responded and pulled her to safety with a surf board.

"There's a man out there with a surf board, said Alexis Better. "He kept yelling 'you're in a rip tide'. Swim sideways toward me and grab my board... And kept saying thank you. God bless him basically. I wasn't sure I was going out on the Fourth of July."

"You need to stay out of the water under a red flag warning," said Erik Simonson, the assistant chief of the Duluth Fire Dept. "I mean, there's a reason for that and if you get caught up in one of these things, it's very easy to get overpowered."

Better says she is an experienced swimmer and missed the red flag rip current warning on her way to the beach.

Jena Pike
jpike@northlandsnewscenter.com