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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Groom interrupts own wedding shoot to save dying teen!

  • The teen could have drowned if not for his prompt action.
A couple was in the middle of their wedding photoshoot on a beach in the US when the groom took off his clothes and ran to save a drowning teenager.

According to Metro, marine science technician, Zac Edwards, 37, was posing with his bride Cindy Edwards, 32, when he heard a woman scream as a young man was struggling in the sea. Zac - who works with the US Coast Guard, immediately dived into the water and swam 150 feet to rescue the 18-year-old man."Cindy and I were taking our photos together by the water and we were just wrapping up when a woman told us there was a teenager in the water struggling. You could just tell by the look on his face that he was in trouble. When we first saw him he was about 50 yards out," Zac said.

He added, "I took off my shirt, but my wife said I didn't have time to take off my pants. I ran into the water. I told some kids to go back to the beach and I took a boogie board." The teenager had been pulled out on a boogie board by strong currents at Shell Beach in Gulf State Park at 6:00 pm on August 3. Zac reached the teenager and propped him up on the boogie board to help keep his head above water.

However, the current was strong and it was getting tiring for Zac to wade through waters. "I eventually reached him but we were about half a football field away from the shore. He just kept saying "I can't breathe". The current was really strong and I was starting to panic slightly. The pants were making it hard to kick too. But when I saw the first responders I knew it was going to be okay," said Zac.

Soon first responders from Orange Beach Fire Department and Orange Beach Surf Rescue reached the spot and assisted Zac. "A jet ski came out to us and I managed to wedge him up onto it. I didn't really take in the gravity of the situation until I laid down that night. Afterwards my hands were shaking but the adrenaline was just pumping," he said.

While Cindy said, "I wasn't panicked until they were swimming back in. I could tell Zac was tired and they couldn't get over the current. The lifeguards dived into the water and there were helicopters patrolling the waters."

Cindy and Zac, who have three children, said they are extremely cautious when they spot the high hazard red flag on their local beaches. "People don't read the signs and swimmers need to be very cautious. Even experienced swimmers can get into difficulty," Zac said.

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