Duxbury: Swimmer rescued from rip current

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A swimmer off Duxbury beach had a close call Friday morning.

Captain Tripp from the Duxbury Fire Department said that at just past 10 a.m. on the ocean side of Duxbury beach, two lifeguards and a paddler-boarder pulled a 17-year-old man–a visitor from out of town–out of a rip current.

The victim was transported to the hospital as a precautionary measure–his injuries are not considered life-threatening Duxbury police and the Coast Guard also assisted in the rescue.

Captain Tripp said that beach-goers heading out to the waters this weekend need to keep a couple of key things in mind as they suit up.

“We always recommend a life-preserver in any amount of water– and ask the lifeguard if it’s safe to swim in the area, especially with ocean rip currents,” said Tripp.

Capt. Tripp said there also could be more than just currents lurking under the waves:

“Great White sharks are off Cape Cod,” said Tripp.

About Katherine Perry

Katherine Perry, a graduate of Duxbury High School and The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, has really made her mark since her arrival at WATD. She is the daughter of the owner, Ed Perry, but that doesn't stop Katherine from consistently nailing out a solid news cast. She also works as a reporter, and specializes in in-depth features.