Two swimmers were rescued Thursday evening near John's Pass.
Pinellas sheriff's deputies said three people went swimming past the buoys on South Beach (just north of the John's Pass entrance). One of them, Jacob Jusczak, 21, of Isanti, Minn., was able to get to shore, but the other two swimmers were not because of high surf and rip currents.
Jusczak flagged down someone, who called 911. Rescuers responded just after 6 p.m. About 200 yards offshore, Madeira Beach Fire Rescue personnel on a paddle board reached Abby Woolridge, 21, of Minnesota, who is Jusczak's girlfriend. Woolridge was held there until a Sheriff's Office marine unit arrived and took her to shore. She was taken to a hospital as a precaution because she was exhausted and had swallowed water, sheriff's officials said.
Her brother, Roy Morlan, 33, of Seminole, was rescued about 300 yards offshore by crews in an inflatable boat from Pinellas Suncoast Fire Rescue. He was treated at the scene.