Austin Fallon recognized for heroic rescue

By on January 10, 2020

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Nags Head’s Board of Commissioners recently recognized Austin Fallon for a heroic rescue he performed on September 20, 2019 as a lifeguard for Nags Head Ocean Rescue.

That day, Austin entered dangerous surf conditions care of Hurricane Humberto’s 8-10 foot swells, to rescue a victim who was in distress under Jennette’s Pier, about 100 yards from shore. Without his quick response, the incident could have had a negative outcome.

Nags Head Ocean Rescue has a reputation for having one of the most rigorous and challenging training programs and we are proud of the results.

Thanks to the surfers who offered assistance and to photographer Cyndi Goetcheus Sarfan for taking the amazing photos of the rescue.

Austin, in the dark suit, stands with Nags Head’s Board of Commissioners. From left, Mayor Pro Tem Mike Siers, Mayor Ben Cahoon, and Commissioners Renée Cahoon, Kevin Brinkley, and Webb Fuller.

Link to the Sept. 22, 2019 Voice story here: Ocean rescue captured by the camera in real time
You can find more from photographer Cyndi Goetcheus Sarfan at

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