When their guests arrived at their wedding reception, Zac Edwards and his newly wedded bride Cindy were covered in sand and dripping wet. That’s when they explained what had taken place just minutes earlier.
Zac and Cindy were posing for wedding photos on an Alabama beach, after their ceremony and before the reception, when they heard a woman screaming.
Someone was struggling about 50 yards away in the ocean.
Jamel Robinson, 18, was on his boogie board when the strong currents began pulling him away. “I can’t breathe!” he called out.
It’s important to note that it was a red flag day, which alerts beach-goers to dangerous and serious water hazards. Though swimming is not prohibited during red flag warnings, one should only brave the waters if he or she is an experienced swimmer.
As Jamel drifted farther and farther out into the water, Zac — who happens to be a Coast Guard petty officer — prepared himself for a rescue. He took off his button-down shirt and darted into the ocean.
When Zac reached the struggling teen, he used the boogie board to keep him from going under. But as they moved closer to the shore, the currents were defiant.
Cindy watched as Zac started showing signs of fatigue. She was terrified that her brand-new husband, and the father of their three children, would be swept out to sea.
Watch the video below to see how this act of fate and bravery unfolded.
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