Off-duty firefighter helps man caught in rip current
When Ernie Gorwood noticed two police officers running toward the surf on Fort Lauderdale Beach, his instincts immediately kicked in.
"I went across the sand and I saw a big crowd with their hands up and down, so I ran as fast as I could over there," said Gorwood.
Gorwood, a firefighter with the Broward Sheriff's Office, was off duty Sunday when he saw a young man unconscious on the sand.
"I instructed people to get away and I took over CPR," said Gorwood. "A Fort Lauderdale P.D. officer showed up, I instructed him to set up his BMV, which is a breathing device, and him and I together performed CPR, and we breathed for the victim."
Friends said the 28-year-old victim was simply having fun with a group in the water when they got caught in a rip current.
The 28-year-old went under.
"Whoever saw him in the water pulled him up against the sand so his face and body were full of sand. I cleared his airway, I cleared his face of sand. He aspirated a little bit of ocean water, I got that cleared out and I continued with CPR," said Gorwood.
The victim was rushed to the hospital. His condition wasn't immediately released.
"I don't know what the outcome is," said Gorwood.