Check out this 17 year old's amazing story of saving someone's life.
Jennifer Mahin, 17, heard some telling words at her graduation from the California State lifeguard academy in Carlsbad on Friday.
"You might save a life today," she remembers her instructor saying.
At about 8:30 that night, a group of her friends and family walked on Oceanside's north jetty near the harbor and saw some frantic teenagers asking them to call 911.
Another 17-year-old girl had been thrown into the water by a wave, and the strong tides prevented her from swimming back.
A distraught male told the girls he tried to save her, but was thrown against the rocks and told them to "just leave her."
But Jennifer reacted right away.
Within a minute, she had jumped in and swam out to the victim. The victim wasn't responding to cues and Mahin couldn't pull her out of the current, so she stayed with her until help arrived.
"I held her head up because I didn't know if she was breathing. She went under, so I assumed she wasn't breathing," said Jennifer.
Rescuers arrived and threw Jennifer a rescue device. She clipped it to the victim, and swam out of the water on her own.
The victim was responsive but taken to a hospital for precautionary measures.
Jennifer said she decided to become a lifeguard because she loves the beach and helping people.
"It's the most gratifying thing ever," she said.
Thanks to the Huffington Post for this story.
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