North Myrtle Beach lifeguard injured by jet ski during water rescue

troot@thesunnews.comJuly 22, 2013 

— A North Myrtle Beach lifeguard, who was assisting in an ocean rescue near 17th Avenue South, was injured when hit by a jet ski, said Pat Dowling, city spokesman.

Myrtle Beach Water Sports had also responded to the rescue, and when the lifeguard came out to assist, the guard was hit in the rib area by a jet ski, which was idling at the time of contact, Dowling said. It appears a wave may have pushed the idling jet ski into the lifeguard. The lifeguard was taken to the hospital.

The incident happened about 1:20 p.m. Monday.

No other details were available.

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