Longboat staff save children in riptide rescue

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Generally in the world of Public Works you’re not dealing with life and death issues.  Beach building, sewer systems, irrigation pipes and all manner of parks and mowing is the routine.

But for Longboat Key’s Public Works Director Isaac Brownman and Project Manager James Linkogle, an event last week propelled them directly into a life or death situation.

On March 29, both Brownman and Linkogle were driving past the north end beach when they decided to evaluate any recent beach erosion. As they scanned the beach the men noticed three children caught in a rip current. Both men jumped into the water, and were able to rescue the children. There was also an adult female, not related to the children, who was trying to help them, but the current became too rough and she became in need of assistance.

Both Linkogle and Brownman acted quickly and rescued all four from the rough seas.

The children, one boy and two girls, walked away without injury, and the adult woman sustained minor abrasions but did not seek medical attention.

Town Manager Tom Harmer and Fire Chief Paul Dezzi have issued a commendation from the Fire/Rescue Department for Brownman and Linkogle. Harmer and Dezzi said in the commendation, “It is without doubt that Isaac and James saved the three visitors. If they did not act as quickly as they did, the outcome would not have been as positive.”

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