Teen Lifeguard Saves Drowning Girl

Jennifer Mahin, 17, said she was definitely at the right place at the right time

By Nicole Gonzales and Sarah Grieco
|  Wednesday, Jul 4, 2012  |  Updated 10:33 AM PDT
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Rookie 17-year-old lifeguard Jennifer Mahin who had just graduated from her training program used her skills only hours later to save a teenage girl who was struggling in the water.

Rookie 17-year-old lifeguard Jennifer Mahin who had just graduated from her training program used her skills only hours later to save a teenage girl who was struggling in the water.

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Just hours after lifeguard graduation, a teenage girl saves another teen from drowning in Oceanside.

Jennifer Mahin, 17, said she was definitely at the right place at the right time.

Mahin says she was walking with friends and family near the jetty at Oceanside Harbor, when another teenager came yelling for help.

“The training they put us through had us on our toes and always being aware of any situation, no matter if you're on duty or off duty,” Mahin told NBC 7 San Diego.

She jumped in the water and held the victim's head out of the water until lifeguards helped pull them into shore. Thanks to Mahin, the victim was okay,

“Having to save someone…I haven't even had my first day yet,” she said. “It's a cool experience though.”

Mahin will be a Senior at Carlsbad High School in the fall, where she is on the water polo and swim teams. Her first official day as a lifeguard is July 12.

“I'm super excited for the job and just being able to help people,” she said. “It’s going to be a really fun summer.”
 

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