Jennifer Mahin, 17, Rescues Girl Hours After Becoming Lifeguard

06/30/2012 07:43 pm ET

Jennifer Mahin, 17, heard some telling words at her graduation from the California State lifeguard academy in Carlsbad Friday.

“You might save a life today,” she remembers an instructor saying.

At about 8:30 that night a group her friends and family walked on Oceanside’s north jetty near the harbor and saw some frantic teenagers asking them to call 911.

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