Before we had the modern ships, planes and helicopters the USCG uses now to rescue people in trouble at sea, we had the US Lifesaving Service, which operated locally here on the Long Beach Peninsula and other area beaches. Today we take a look at the equipment they used then to save lives. Some options presented almost as frightening a prospect as a wreck itself.

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons, public domain. Source: Library of Congress, 1919.