Hero Spotlight: Lifeguard Dalton Smith

By April 29, 2024 No Comments

I.U.P.A. Local Volusia Watermen’s Association, #6039 Member Lifeguard Dalton Smith rescued a man from a rip current. He and other lifeguards, along with officers and first responders from other agencies, worked together to provide CPR, transport him to the hospital, and save his life.

I.U.P.A. Local Volusia Watermen’s Association, #6039 Members are certified to provide EMT, lifeguard, and police services. That combination proved to be a perfect match for this rescue.

Volusia County Beaches posted on social media, “Today Volusia County Beach Safety hosted a press conference regarding the rescue and miraculous recovery of the drowning victim from Saturday, March 30, in New Smyrna Beach, FL. We are proud to be a part of the professionalism on display during the rescue of this young man and are thankful we could help bring him back to his loved ones. Please protect yourself and your family while enjoying our beaches and ALWAYS swim in front of a lifeguard. This video contains bodycam footage of the rescue and may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer digression is advised.”

Good Morning America reported on the rescue. You can watch that here. Volusia County Beaches also posted on social media, “On Saturday, March 30th, this young man was pulled from the surf with no signs of life. Today he is up and talking! His rescuers stopped by to check in and were met with good spirits. New Smyrna Beach Firefighters, our lifeguards, and USLA certified beach unit deputies work hard to keep our beach goers safe. Job well done!”