SPRING LAKE, New Jersey (WABC) -- It took a heroic effort to rescue eight swimmers from dangerous rip currents on Tuesday along waters of the Jersey Shore.
The sea was rough, but the weather made the surf inviting - until it nearly turned into disaster.
Officials say the first distress call came in around 2:48 p.m. for five people struggling in the water near Sussex Avenue Beach.
First responders, including Spring Lake Officers, a lifeguard and a retired police officer all jumped in to get the victims back to shore.
All victims were treated at the scene by Spring Lake First Aid Squad and released.
A short time later, at around 4:20 p.m., first responders once again stepped into action to pull three more swimmers who were in distress at the Passaic Avenue Beach.
All three were brought back to shore against a strong rip current.
They were all treated at the scene. One was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for further treatment.
"Today's outcome would have been tragic without the actions of these first responders," Spring Lake Police said in a statement. "It is extremely dangerous to swim in unprotected waters, especially with the rough conditions we are currently experiencing. Please stay out of the ocean unless you are a strong swimmer."
Signs are posted when visitors walk to the beach stating there are no lifeguards and stay out of the water.
People are learning the hard way to heed the warnings.