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14-110 Two Swimmers Rescued At Madeira Beach

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
-Marine Unit

Madeira Beach Fire Rescue

Pinellas Suncoast Fire Rescue

Treasure Island Fire Rescue

Seminole Fire Rescue

Abby Woolridge (Rescued/Injured)
DOB: 04/28/1993
Address: 1536 277th Ln NW, Isanti, Minnesota

Roy Morlan (Rescued/Uninjured- Woolridge’s brother)
DOB: 07/28/1980
Address: 10460 54th Ave N, Seminole

Jacob Jusczak  (Woolridge’s boyfriend-Was able to swim back to shore on his own)
DOB: 08/10/1992
Address: 1536 277th Ln NW, Isanti, Minnesota

What:
Three swimmers went out past the buoys on South Beach (just north of the John’s Pass entrance). Two of them were unable to get back to the beach due to higher than normal surf and rip currents; and were subsequently rescued.

When:
Deputies responded to the call at about 6:11 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2014.

Where:
Deputies responded to South Beach (just north of the John’s Pass entrance).

Why/How:
According to deputies 21-year-old Abby Woolridge, her brother 33-year-old Roy Morlan, and her boyfriend 21-year-old Jacob Jusczak went for a swim off South Beach. They went out past the buoys just north of the John’s pass entrance.

Jusczak was able to return to shore. Woolridge and Morlan were unable to swim back due to higher than normal surf and rip currents. When Jusczak got to shore he flagged someone down for help and asked them to call 911. Various Fire Rescue departments responded to the scene to assist; as did the Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit and Patrol deputies.

Deputies say Madeira Beach Fire Rescue personnel reached Woolridge first on a paddle board and held on to her until the Sheriff’s Marine Unit picked her up and transported her to Don’s Dock. She was treated on scene and then transported to a local hospital as a precaution as she was exhausted and had swallowed water. She was rescued about 200 yards off shore.

Morlan was rescued about 300 yards off shore by Pinellas Suncoast Fire Rescue who reached him in an inflatable boat and brought him back to South Beach. He was treated and released on scene.

Jusczak was not injured.

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