WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. (AP) _ Reality provided a little more excitement than his usual TV fiction for ``Dawson's Creek'' actor Joshua Jackson.

The actor, who plays Pacey Witter on the series on the WB network, and a friend saw two young women who had gotten into distress while swimming along the shore near Wrightsville Beach on Tuesday.

Jackson, 21, and his unidentified friend dove into the ocean and swam out to help the young women, who were floating near the rock jetty that separates Masonboro Inlet from the Atlantic Ocean, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Jody Howey.

But when they reached the pair, waves swept them all over the jetty and into the inlet, and then the current of the falling tide prevented them from getting back to shore, Howey said.

A Coast Guard boat rescued all four about 7 p.m. and no one was injured, Howey said.

Jackson ``kept them safe and floating until the Coast Guard got there. He just helped out somebody who needed it,'' said David Hartley, producer of the show filmed in nearby Wilmington

The young women, who were not identified, were not involved with the television show, Hartley said.