People who carry selfie sticks aren’t vain, just well-prepared. Our case in point today is Erynn Johns, 16, of Austin, Texas. She and her parents were swimming off the island of Nantucket. Erynn had a GoPro video camera on the end of a selfie stick. When a riptide pulled her under, she was unable to rise to the surface of the water. Her father pulled her up by grabbing onto the end of her selfie stick. The Boston Globe reports:
He was able to use the selfie stick to pull his daughter back toward shore, where she was rescued by a man in an orange swimsuit, who was identified Thursday as Tommy Vach, 55, of Ocean City, Md.
“For me it’s a no-brainer,” Vach said in a phone interview. “They were in dire need.”
Lifeguards saved Jennifer Johns, her husband said, while the man in the orange swimsuit went into the water to try to save him.
Vach described Derrick Johns as semiconscious and in need of medical attention when he first staggered onto the beach.
The two lifeguards at the scene, Claire Moison and Alex Haur, helped the family and gave them oxygen once they made it to the shore, said Sheila Lucey, the harbormaster in Nantucket. She said the incident took place about 500 yards outside of a guarded area.
This video shows the entire incident recorded on the GoPro camera.
Why aren’t you carrying a selfie stick right now? The life you save could be your own.