ONLY ON 3: Film crew helps save two Carolina Beach swimmers

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Submitted: Thu, 05/09/2013 - 3:53am
Updated: Fri, 05/10/2013 - 3:26am

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Swirl Films, a local production company, put the cameras down Wednesday afternoon to help save two lives at Carolina Beach.

The production company was shooting its upcoming film “A Perfect Summer” when crew members spotted two men caught in a rip current.

The crew alerted two of the film’s water safety patrol on scene, who quickly responded to the two men in need.

Witnesses say the two male swimmers were assisting a young girl on a body board, who was struggling in the water. After securing the girl, witnesses say the two men, who appeared to be in their twenties, then became victims of the strong current themselves.

“I swam to the guy that was struggling the most first and handed him my board and made sure he was OK and paddled him in,” said Travis Leftwhich, one of the men who saved the swimmers.

Leftwhich said once he and his partner got both of the swimmers to shore, they monitored their condition to make sure they were stable. He says they did not appear to have swallowed any water.

Witnesses speculate that if Swirl Films had not been on the beach, the two swimmers may have drowned.

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2015 years 8 months ago

I don’t worry about rip this or that.
So long as I got my Barney water wings on, this old goat is safe and sound.


2015 years 8 months ago

Oh my……..someone has had way too much coffee this morning. Here we have a “feel good” story about humans caring for one another and then someone muddies it up with their anger. Life is way too short to be stressing over wording in a news article. Open your windows (and your heart), soak up the sunshine, smile and thank Him for another day.

2015 years 8 months ago

It’s a rip “current”. Not a rip “tide”. The continued ignorance of reporters about something so basic to living or vacationing at the shore amazes me. By repeating this mistake again and again, you unknowingly reverse years of attempts by homeowners, renters, and municipalities to educate people about what actually is a critical component of water safety. People who think it’s a “tide” feel if they are comfortable being in the water in one place, they’ll be fine anywhere. That is exactly the opposite of the truth, and it’s what gets people in trouble. Please correct the story.

2015 years 8 months ago

Everyone calls them riptides except for perhaps Wikipedia and you.

“What gets people in trouble” is panicking and not swimming parallel to the beach until they’re out of “whatever they want to call it”.

Been surfing for years. Never, ever heard anyone express the opinion that what a person calls it is the critical issue. Can’t ever recall seeing a headline like “Semantics resposible for surf tragedy”. You are aware that the media does a gazillion stories a year about riptides and how to avoid and get out of them, aren’t you?

Take a chill pill oh great protector “of attempts by homeowners, renters, and municipalities to educate people about what actually is a critical component of water safety.” Even you have to admit that sounds a bit silly.

Guest 10101
2015 years 8 months ago

And all of this time I thought that the penalty for not believing in “God”, or as it’s technically referred to as “atheist’s-dyslexianism”, was just an urban myth.

Apparently not.

Guest 1492
2015 years 8 months ago

Just take you pills on a timely basis every day and you’ll stop seeing weird stuff.

2015 years 8 months ago

See, nothing but Hollyweird fat cats around here! Billionaire extras trying to take taxpayer money!

–brought to you by Rep. Rick Catlin and Rep. Chris Millis!

Guest 10101
2015 years 8 months ago

Those swimmers were lucky you happened to be there.

It’s also a good thing you guys were there to help instead of our local superhero Iron Man. With that heavy metal suit he’d probably sink like a rock.

2015 years 8 months ago

That film crew are Hero’s ! Thank Dog they were there to save those 2 lives !!

2015 years 8 months ago

He did in the movie, but was able to propel himself out of it.