Off-duty lifeguard rescues 2 kids on north shore beach
Kennedy Crossland feels both boy and girl would have drowned had she not rescued them
A day at the beach for a couple of P.E.I. teens turned into an adrenaline-filled rescue of two children at a beach in Darnley, near the Twin Shores campground, Monday.
Kennedy Crossland, who works as a lifeguard and swim instructor at Credit Union Place pool, was enjoying the beach during some time off. She said she thought the water conditions and currents were so rough that day she decided not to go for a swim.
It was the scariest thing I've ever had to do. I think about it now and my heart starts to pound.- Kennedy Crossland
When Crossland looked up from sunbathing and saw a young girl in the water struggling, she entered the water to rescue her.
But, while rescuing the girl, Crossland said she heard another cry from a young boy.
"It was a lot worse, he was pretty much under water," said Crossland.
"He was muffling and coughing up water, things like that. So I gave the little girl to the friend that came out with me, she took her in. And (I) swam against the current to the other little boy, who actually almost went submerged under water. And then I brought him in. He was so pale and it was the scariest thing I've ever had to do, I think about it now and my heart starts to pound."
Crossland worries both children would have drowned had she not been there.