Lifeguard Zac Edwards probably assumed he would be off-duty on his wedding day, but the marine science technician found himself plunging into the water just minutes after saying “I do.” Zac and Cindy wed on the sand in Orange Beach, Alabama, when they heard a woman screaming and pointing at a teenage boy who was struggling in the water.
The 18-year-old swimmer was riding his boogie board when the strong currents dragged him 150 feet out into the ocean, and seeing no other lifeguards available, Zac stripped out of his wedding clothes and dove into the ocean.
“You could just tell by the look on his face he was in difficulty,” Zac told reporters (via Metro UK). “When we first saw him he was about 50 yards out.”
“I ran into the water,” Zac recalled. “I told some kids to go back to the beach and I took a boogie board. I’m so glad I did that. I eventually reached him but we were about half a football field away from the shore. He just kept saying ‘I can’t breathe.'”
Zac said he kept the kid afloat on the boogie board, but worried that the two wouldn’t be able to make it to shore: “The current was really strong and it was stopping us coming in any further. I was starting to panic slightly. The pants were making it hard to kick too.”
Thankfully, first responders showed up on water scooters in the nick of time and brought Zac and the swimmer to shore. After the harrowing incident, Zac shook it off and headed to his wedding reception. Check out this groom’s memorable wedding in the video below.
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