Woman rescued by lifeguards on Cocoa Beach, rushed to hospital

Brevard Ocean Rescue: Swimmer suffered medical emergency

COCOA BEACH, Fla. – Brevard County lifeguards said they rescued a woman on the shoreline of Cocoa Beach Thursday and she was rushed to a hospital.

Brevard County Ocean Rescue said the woman is in her 20s and suffered an unknown medical emergency.

"She was in and out of consciousness," Chief Eisen Witcher said.

Witcher said lifeguards at Lori Wilson Park found the woman sitting up on the shore around 2 p.m., but she was unresponsive.

Lifeguards then administered sternum pumps and gave her oxygen.

Lifeguards said she regained consciousness momentarily, but still needed to be rushed to Cape Canaveral Hospital.

"She just swallowed too much water," said witness Marcus Horschel. "She seemed to be unconscious for a good 20 seconds. Brevard County Rescue came up on the scene quick and started administering chest pumps and they also administered some oxygen. Probably about 20 seconds later, she came back to life."

Lifeguards did not provide the woman's name, or an update on the her condition Thursday afternoon.


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James joined News 6 in March 2016 as the Brevard County Reporter. His arrival was the realization of a three-year effort to return to the state where his career began. James is from Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Penn State in 2009 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.