Firefighers rescue swimmers in distress at Oceanfront

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Virginia Beach fire units made a water rescue over the weekend at the Oceanfront after three swimmers were reported to be in distress.

The incident happened near 18th St. Sunday.

We're told the swimmers were trying to fight against a rip current and were pulled out about 50 yards offshore.

Fire officials report that a 7-year-old girl was playing near the edge of the water and was pulled out by a rip current. Two adults went in after her and were also pulled out by the current.

When crews arrived on scene, the 7-year-old was out of the water, the male adult victim was making progress getting back to shore and the female adult victim was still in trouble.

Captain Mosely from Ladder 11 took a rescue buoy, personal flotation device and his fins and swam to the male victim to give him the flotation device.

Mosely then swam out to the female victim, who was still conscious, and used the rescue buoy to swim her to shore.

None of the swimmers were taken to the hospital, but they were evaluated by EMS.

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