Yesterday,Thursday Aug 20th, at the far north end of the Warren Dunes Parking area (past all the swimmers and beach goers). I was in the water and my board got upwind of me. An older woman who had been hanging out and talking to me all day decided she was gonna help me out and swam out toward my board. I tried to wave her back in and yell to her to just leave it, but she couldn't hear me (I guess). I was worried that she could not swim out that far and then get back (I was a lifeguard, so I will forever worry about people "in over their head") and there was no way I was gonna be able to carry her back in (I'm old now, and she was a bigger woman). So I ditched my rig (which at the time was heading downwind, in toward the beach). I swam back upwind and cut her off, sent her back in, gabbed my board and swam in.
By the time I got back to shore my rig had drifted down the beach and I trotted down to catch up with it. As I came along side it I realized it was drifting not just down the beach but out with some kind of off shore current. I knew I was too tired to swim out to it and if it kept moving out I didn't know if I would ever catch it, so I just watched it drift away resisting the urge to cry.
I eventually ended up down at Weko, where a bunch of guys (windsurfers and kiteboarders) sailed out to it but couldn't recover it (by now it was a good mile off shore). I called the Coast Guard and advised them that if anyone called in a rig with no body attached there was no need for a search.
Any info greatly appreciated,
Keep the Blue Side Up.