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Caught on camera: Selfie stick helps save teen girl trapped in riptide

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NANTUCKET, MA — Swimmers off the island of Nantucket found a new use for the selfie stick.

A father re-purposed the trendy accessory into lifesaving equipment when he and his daughter were caught in a riptide.

Video was rolling while 16-year-old Erynn Johns and her dad Derrick were being pulled out to sea.

Erynn was taking video of herself but got caught in a riptide. She held on to the selfie stick, and with the GoPro camera still rolling, caught her dad making the rescue.

Her father says he grabbed the selfie stick to help her from going further out.

Erynn’s mom was able to pull her to shore with the camera still rolling. But her dad was still trapped in the riptide and losing strength.

Luckily, a beach goer and lifeguards jumped into action to rescue him.

In the end, everyone was fine.

Watch the full video here:


  • elizabeth

    Why you gonna take a self in when you know there’s going to be riptide? That’s why they should banned self in stick cause you ain’t even paying attention when going swimming…

    • Chris de la Rosa

      People don’t always know there’s a riptide when they’re in the water. They’re something you see more from shore, and not everyone is educated in identifying them. And not every beach has a sign that helps to identify them or markers where beach staff have see the most rips happening. You can just as easily get distracted just by talking to your friends in the water. I hate selfie sticks, but the stick had nothing to do with her getting caught in a riptide, and in this case, having it saved her. It says so in the article.

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