Town Recognizes Heroism of Kismet Lifeguards

Islip Town Supervisor, Angie Carpenter and members of the Town Board were proud to recognize a group of Town of Islip Ocean Lifeguards who facilitated in the rescue of three beachgoers while on duty at the community of Kismet on Fire Island.

Ocean Lifeguards Luke Olsen, Noah Chernik, and Peter Lepore receiving Certificates of Recognition for their heroic actions on July 29, accompanied by Angie Carpenter and other Islip Town officials. Photo courtesy Town of Islip.

On Saturday, July 29, 2023, at approximately 1:30 p.m., ocean lifeguards Luke Olsen, Noah Chernik and Peter Lepore observed three swimmers caught in a strong rip tide. The swimmers were quickly pulled 20 yards past the breaker line, and continued to drift, requiring an immediate rescue from the lifeguard team.

Leaping quickly into action, Olsen ran to the water proceeding directly to the swimmers, despite injuring his ankle when entering the rough surf. As he swam rescue equipment out to the swimmers, lifeguard Peter Lepore assisted feeding a rescue line from the shore, while lifeguard Noah Chernik proceeded through the water to assist Luke with the swimmers. Thanks to the quick-actions of Luke, Noah and Peter, all three swimmers were recovered and brought back to shore safely, where they required no further assistance.

“This is an important reminder to all, why it is necessary to stay within the boundaries where lifeguards can see you,” said Supervisor Carpenter, “and a prime example of the heroic dedication and readiness our lifeguards exhibit each and every day.”