Man nearly drowns, questions beach city’s lack of water rescue team

The victim said he didn't understand how an ocean-front city is without water rescue capabilities

By FireRescue1 Staff

OCEAN SHORES, Wash. — A man is questioning a city's lack of a water rescue team after he nearly drowned last week when his boat capsized.

The Daily World reported that Jim Brannan was about 350 feet offshore pleading for help. He waited for an hour to be rescued.

“The man was too cold to make it in to shore on his own,” the fire department said. “Fire department personnel used the ResQmax air-propelled line gun to shoot a flotation device attached to a tag line near the victim. He was able to grab it and put on the flotation sling while the rescue crew pulled the man into shore. He was very close to having hypothermia and spent over 30 minutes in the back of the ambulance with blankets and heat packs while the EMS crew performed their evaluation.”

The city previously had a trained surf rescue team, but the program was defunded in 2013.

“I talked to those guys (who responded) afterward, and they told me their hands were tied,” Brannan said. “They have been told, ‘Don’t go into the water.’”

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