Five Oceanside lifeguards to receive Medal of Valor for 2017 boating rescue

OCEANSIDE (KUSI) — Five Oceanside lifeguards are set to receive the Medal of Valor Thursday night for their efforts during a rescue last October.

On October 7, 2017, lifeguards received a call about a personal watercraft operator that was stranded on the Del Mar Jetty after capsizing.

Upon arrival, lifeguards could find no sign of the operator of the vessel.

More lifeguards were called to the scene where they found the operator buried under the rocks and immediately began life-saving measures.

Lifeguards worked quickly due to free the man due to the relentless surf at the location.

The victim was taken to the hospital where he was treated for his injuries and released.  Lifeguards were able to free the man with the help of additional personnel from the Oceanside Fire Department and Oceanside Police Department.

The victim was then transported to a local hospital and later released.

On Thursday night, The American Legion Oceanside Post 146 will be hosting their annual Law and Order Awards Dinner at the Oceanside Elks Lodge.

Five Oceanside lifeguards will be honored at the event for their heroic efforts during the aforementioned 2017 rescue.

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