WESTERLY, R.I. (WTNH) -- If you want waves, you have to go over the border into Rhode Island. However, earlier this week the waves got a little too rough for some folks. Fortunately there were a couple of lifeguards nearby who just happen to be from Connecticut.
Mac Walsh and Cody Arsenault just graduated from Stonington High and already their summer job is keeping them very busy.
They are lifeguards at the Ocean House in Watch Hill where Superstorm Sandy created new sandbars and new hazards for swimmers.
Even though they guard the private beach, when they saw folks in trouble at the unguarded public beach, their training kicked in and they jumped into action.
"We heard people screaming," said Walsh.
"It rips super hard so and they didn't know how to... they weren't from around here, but to get out of a rip you don't swim against it, you swim sideways and you'll get out of it, but they were all swimming against it," said Arsenault.
So they were tired and unable to make it to shore. Seven people in need of lifesaving help.
"They were extremely scared definitely. Especially the kid, he was extremely just crying and stuff," Walsh said.
Walsh and Arsenault to the rescue.
"We bring this out to them and they all just hold on to it," Walsh said while holding his rescue can, a torpedo-shaped flotation device. "We all kind of circled around it."
Arsenault then attached a rope and staff from the Ocean House helped reel them all in. Heroic efforts, and a humble reaction.
"I didn't die for anyone, I just was doing my job, so that's all," said Arsenault.
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