Photo Courtesy of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance

During the summer of 2011, 15 year old Pennsylvania native Natasha Harkey was on vacation with her family in Sandbridge when she heard a boy screaming for help.  The quick thinking teenager who was a YMCA Swim Team Member quickly swam over to the boy and helped him out of the rip current and got him onto the shore.

Natasha’s stepfather and she then attempted to rescue the boy’s cousin and father as well, but they were too far away.  Natasha’s aunt promptly called 911 as the victim’s family members notified lifeguards.  Nearby surfers and lifeguards were able to pull the other two out of the water.

Natasha has recently been nominated for the National Drowning Prevention Alliance‘s Lifesaver of the Year Award.  The public can vote for Natasha on NDPA’s Facebook page.  Click on the “Lifesaver of the Year” tab on the left and cast your vote.

The winner of the Lifesaver of the Year Award will be flown to San Diego on an all-expense paid trip for two to the Annual National Drowning Prevention Symposium where he or she will be recognized.

Please take a moment to vote for Natasha for her bravery to save lives on our beach.