Four Navy servicemen rescue drowning girls in Florida

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The four ‘ Joshua Essick, Aniahau Desha, Gaston Yescas and Sheldon Lucius ‘ had been lounging on the beach at Mayport Naval Station in Florida. They had made the All-Navy Volleyball team and were ‘ “Help those girls out there!

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Pulling off their T-shirts and emptying their pockets, the four U.S. Navy enlisted men bolted across the sand and barreled into the crashing waves.

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They had’made the All-Navy Volleyball team and were relaxing on a recent weekend before an upcoming tournament, and’had reached the beach before the rest of their teammates.

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Essick, 26, who played varsity volleyball,’said he and the others gazed out to the churning ocean and saw the two teenage girls. The waves thrashed at them, in water that had to be over their heads.

Jumping ahead.

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"Help those girls out there! They're in trouble, we think they're drowning!" the women yelled.

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"Her eyes were in the back of her head; she was starting to foam at the mouth," Essick said of the girl he and Yescas had reached.

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Grasping underneath her armpits to keep her head above water, Essick and Yescas powered the unconscious girl to shore. Meanwhile, Desha and Lucius did the same with the girl they had focused on.

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The rush of the rescue gone, time slowed and stretched out on the beach. Seconds felt like minutes. There was more foam bubbling from her mouth, "Just forcing all that sea water out of her," Essick said. After some time, "You could see her start to come back, her eyes were moving, her pupils were dilating."

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Four Navy servicemen, one a York County native, rescue drowning girls in Florida

Joshua Essick, a York County native, was one of four Navy enlisted men who helped save the lives of two teenage girls in Florida recently.

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Essick, 26, who played varsity volleyball’at both Red Land and Northern,’said he and the others gazed out to the churning ocean and saw the two teenage girls. The waves thrashed at them, in water that had to be over their heads.

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