A couple was out for a cruise on a personal watercraft when they ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time: right in front of a 20-foot wave that crashed on top of them at the Wedge. The bizarre accident near the Newport Harbor entrance at about 4 p.m. on Saturday sent the couple flying off their personal water craft and into the turbulent waters, where a big swell brought big waves and strong rip currents. The watercraft was punted onto the rocks and stuck on the jetty, as bodysurfer and lifeguards scrambled to rescue the couple. “Apparently, they were just kind of lost or something, He just drove straight in,” said Newport Beach Marine Safety Capt. Skeeter Leeper. “They rented a jet ski and they were at the wrong place at the wrong time.” A video shot of the moment shows the watercraft trying to outrun a wall of whitewash crashing just behind them, but it gets swallowed up and vanishes. After the wave disappears, the jet ski is on the rocks and the couple is bobbing in the water. A handful of the “Wedge Crew,” expert bodysurfers familiar with the bombing waveswere out in the water and jumped into action to help the couple. Lifeguards quickly reached the scene. “The lifeguards and the Wedge crew jumped into action immediately, straight into a set, they did not the hesitate,” Leeper said. Leeper said had it not been for the life vests the couple were wearing, they may not have come up from the dangerous surf. “They were very lucky,” he said of the couple, who made it to shore unharmed. Newport lifeguard Rob Marienthal, who suffered a back injury a few weeks ago and was shooting photoson the sand, said he’s never seen anything like it in his decade of lifeguarding the Wedge. “It was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen,” he said. “Everyone who saw it couldn’t believe their eyes, it was unbelievable.” The watercraft was washed out to sea by another wave, then destroyed as another set crushed it. Leeper said lifeguards have put out thousands of boat warnings in the area through the years. “Any time anyone gets close, we have our lifeguard boats show them away. People don’t know how far out that wave breaks,” Leeper said. Lifeguards had warned the couple earlier in the day to stay clear of the area, Leeper said.