Al Snow proved that it truly pays off to always be alert and ready for an emergency.
The retired WWE star made headlines after rescuing a child nearly pulled in by a riptide in Santa Rosa Beach. Snow saw the child being pulled closer to the ocean, as a lifeguard from afar began to run in for the rescue, and decided to take action himself when he gauged that the lifeguard would arrive too late.
Still sporting the physique of a college linebacker, Snow sprang into action, ran into the rugged waters and pulled the boy to safety.
Snow gave his account of the events to TMZ Sports: a story that has lauded the 58-year-old as a hero.
“I was able to stay up and hand him off to the lifeguard, and I made my way back across to my friend and we went up on the beach and I felt like I was about to collapse. I was exhausted.
“Pulled him in, told him to hold on. For a moment, I honestly thought about Shad Gaspard [who died after getting caught in a rip current while swimming], because a wave took us both under right then. I was able to stay up and hand him off to the lifeguard and I made my way back across to my friend and we went up on the beach and I felt like I was about to collapse. I was exhausted.
“The mom ran out in the water and she grabbed her son and she was crying and she said ‘Thank you.'”
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