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Published 8:45 a.m. ET Oct. 30, 2018 | Updated 2:18 p.m. ET May 15, 2019CLOSE
This Coast Guard was in the middle of his own beachside wedding when an emergency stole him away from his new bride.
Militarykind, USA TODAYThis Coast Guard was in the middle of his own beachside wedding when an emergency stole him away from his new bride.(Photo: Militarykind)An off-duty Coast Guard member rescued a man from the water Aug. 2 near Orange Beach, Alabama.Shortly after his wedding, Petty Officer 2nd Class Zac Edwards, a Coast Guard member stationed at Coast Guard Sector Mobile, Alabama, was posing for photographs with his wife on Orange Beach.A woman approached Edwards and explained there was a man in the water who was struggling returning to shore.“I wasn’t going to let him drown,” Edwards said.Edwards raced to the water and approached the man with a floatation device.“He kept saying, ‘I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe,’” he said. “My goal was to keep his head out of the water.”Edwards pulled the man toward the shore until he was unable to proceed due to the current.A lifeguard aboard a personal watercraft arrived on scene and assisted pulling Edwards and the man to shore.The man was then assisted by emergency medical services.Edwards says he is thankful for the work of the first responders who arrived on scene after he ran into the water.“I jumped in one day; they jump in every day,” he said. “I didn’t think that the day that changed my family’s life for the better would change another family’s life for the better too,” he said.“This is another example of the dedication our members have in service to the people of their nation,” said Capt. Malcolm McLellan, the Commander of Coast Guard Sector Mobile. “It shows the true character of a Coastguardsman with a bias for action.”Courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard.Ready for more? Check out inspiring stories like these and more from Militarykind! Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/militarykind/2018/10/30/coast-guard-member-conducts-water-rescue-wedding-day/1816998002/