DUNEDIN — Three teenage swimmers were rescued by a lifeguard at Honeymoon Island State Park Thursday afternoon, officials said.
The two girls and one boy swimming near Hurricane Pass were having trouble fighting the current and were unable to return to the beach, said park manager Pete Krulder.
Lifeguard Brian Serio launched the park's new personal watercraft rescue vessel and found the teenagers hanging onto a boogie board, Krulder said. No one was injured.
It was the second time the Kawasaki three-seater has been used in the past five days. Serio rescued another three swimmers Sunday.
The park bought the personal watercraft with rescue sled right before Memorial Day using $6,800 from its equipment budget.
Krulder said the vessel has cut response time because it can be activated quicker than a boat.
"In the past several years, we've had at least one fatality in the water every year," Krulder said. "If this prevents that from happening, it'll be worth it."