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Woman rescued off of Nahant coast

NAHANT — A 54-year-old paddleboarder was blown out to sea off the coast of Nahant and needed to be rescued by first responders.

The West Newton woman was paddleboarding off of Nahant Monday on a “paddle-type surfboard” when strong winds pushed her farther and farther from the beach, said Nahant Police Chief Robert Dwyer.

“We needed binoculars to see her,” said Dwyer.

Officers were dispatched to the area behind the Ward Bathhouse, where they used binoculars to spot her several hundred yards away from shore, drifting toward Lynn and Swampscott.

The paddleboarder was resting comfortably on her board and wearing a life preserver, said Dwyer.

“She actually called us herself somehow off her cellphone,” he said. “The current was so strong going out that she didn’t have the strength to get herself back in.”

Nahant firefighters responded to help with a boat and jet ski, and the Swampscott Harbormaster responded with his boat. The woman, who was uninjured, was rescued within half an hour.

 

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