N.J. trooper saves woman caught in rip current off Hatteras

By on August 7, 2018

Trooper Craig Kempinski (NJSP)

A vacationing New Jersey state trooper is being hailed for rescuing a woman who got caught in a rip current off Hatteras Island over the weekend.

New Jersey State Police announced in a Facebook post Trooper Craig Kempinski was alerted by his wife that the woman had been pulled approximately 200 yards offshore on Saturday.

“Trooper Kempinski resorted to his water rescue training, and used a (body)board to navigate the hazardous current to the victim,” according to the post.

Kempinski gave the exhausted woman the board to keep her afloat, and a stand-up paddleboarder helped the pair get back to shore.

“Despite swallowing some water and being exhausted, emergency personnel determined she didn’t sustain any injuries,” according to the post.

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  • dan

    Nice to see recognition for this trooper who saved a life. Job well done!
    Surfers save people in rip currents on a daily basis in Dare County and never receive any recognition, that should change.

    Wednesday, Aug 8 @ 7:22 am
  • Sean

    Pretty work!

    Wednesday, Aug 8 @ 8:45 am
  • Todd

    Dan, we are not wanting or needing the pat on the back. It appears some feel the need to be recognized for doing the right thing.

    Wednesday, Aug 8 @ 2:43 pm
  • surf123

    Many of us would rather not receive any glorification other than a thank you. In this case since it was posted to Facebook by the State Police it is worthy of noting. Great job making the save, which is why is always good to enter the ocean when you are around many other people as your chances of being saved are increased.

    Wednesday, Aug 8 @ 2:45 pm
  • Right Hook

    Another amazing miracle of God having the right person at the right place at the right time.

    Wednesday, Aug 8 @ 3:39 pm
  • John

    Right Hook- Keep that stuff to yourself. No one wants to hear that nonsense.

    It’s very good to hear that no one was injured during this incident. Thanks Mr. Kempinski and the anonymous SUPer. Great work.

    Thursday, Aug 9 @ 6:36 am
  • Wanda

    Great job NJ State Trooper Craig Kempenski and anonymous person that helped all persons back to shore safely. May not have asked for recognition but this NC resident thinks you deserve it anyway.

    Thursday, Aug 9 @ 11:02 am
  • hightider

    What could be better than saving a life? Thanks to all the people who risk their own safety to rescue swimmers who have made a poor choice in the ocean.

    Thursday, Aug 9 @ 4:42 pm
  • Julie

    Nice to hear some good news!! We were down there when they pulled in the drowning victim in KDH – so sad!

    Thursday, Aug 9 @ 9:21 pm