Eddie Vedder had a close call in March of 1995. Pearl Jam was in New Zealand and Eddie took some time off between shows to go swimming with his friend, the singer Neil Finn. Eddie, as fans knows, has always been a fanatical surfer and he couldn’t wait to check out the breakers. They went to a beach where the ocean surf is particularly rough–but Eddie was game. But while they were in the water, Eddie got caught in a riptide, which is a very scary thing.
In fact, had it not been for the lifeguards on duty, Eddie might have been sucked out to sea for good. Fortunately, though, they got to him in time and Eddie got rescued. The whole experience was a little wakeup call to Eddie the Surfer Dude that the ocean needs to be respected, no matter what kind of experience you have.