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Woman clings to net, waiting for rescue in Daytona Beach waters

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Cellphone video captured a woman clinging on to a crab net waiting to be rescued by Volusia County Beach Patrol Monday afternoon.

"It was a scary thing," Paul Hurley said.

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Hurley, who is from Ohio, was fishing when he heard the 39-year-old woman screaming for help near the Main Street Pier.

"She was yelling up here at the people on the pier to help her," said Hurley.

Hurley said that's when hey knew he had to do something to help.

"She was in dire need, so the first thing I thought that popped in my head was to throw her something, anything, so I threw my net over. She just put her feet inside the net there and held onto the rope," he said.

Video shows the woman clinging onto the rope dangerously close to the pylons as bystanders waved to get the lifeguard's attention. Within minutes, help arrived.

One beach safety officer had the woman grab onto the guard tube, while another came with a rescue board and took her back to shore. She was then taken to the hospital by EVAC but is expected to be OK.

That near drowning was just one of two. Minutes later, Beach Safety Patrol said a friend of the woman's was found face down in knee deep water. The 55-year-old man was also taken to the hospital and is also expected to be OK.

Beach Safety Patrol flew the yellow flag Monday, which means it was moderate risk of rip currents.


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