Zac Edwards, a U.S. Coast Guard officer, went from husband to hero in just a few seconds after saving Jamel Robinson, who was drowning, in the middle of his wedding.
The heroic deed took place on August 2, 2018, at Orange Beach in Alabama, where Zac and his wife, Cindy, decided to tie the knot in front of their friends and family.
The ceremony was going without a hitch and everyone was having a great time when one of the guests pointed to the water where Robinson was struggling to stay afloat.
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With a quick glance at his wife, Zac knew what he had to do and took his shirt off before jumping into the water. Surprisingly, there were three teenagers in the area.
As reported by People, Zac rushed into the water and was able to save 18-year-old Robinson even though he was all dressed up for one of the most important days of his life.
The other two were Robinson's friends who were trying to rescue him, but Zac grabbed the boogie board that one of them was holding and told them to get back to dry land.
The current was strong, but Zac, a marine science technician in the Coast Guard, managed to reach Robinson. He placed him on the board and started swimming back to shore.
A TOUGH CALL TO MAKE
Due to the strong currents, the 37-year-old couldn't go any further, so he decided to stay in the water with Robinson until the Orange Beach Fire Department and the Orange Beach Surf Rescue arrived.
They were both rescued from the ocean by jet ski, and Zac revealed that he immediately went back into wedding mode as soon as Cindy ran up to him. He was bleeding from his nose and told her to stay away in order to keep the blood from staining her white dress.
Even though it was his wedding day, Zac revealed that he wouldn't have been able to live with himself if he had let Robinson drown.
He admitted that his actions were very risky and that he could have lost his life in the process as well.
A GRATEFUL YOUNG MAN
Robinson was transported to the hospital and made a full recovery, later thanking the Coast Guard Officer via video message sent through "Good Morning America." But Zac wasn't the only hero to save a life in recent times.
Sergeant Greg Bogert, from the Riverdale Police Department, saved a man from jumping to his death. The man, whose identity is yet to be revealed, was clearly distressed but the police officer remained cool and calm and was able to stop him from committing suicide.
This dramatic rescue video received half a million views online and the officer has been commended for his quick-thinking. The man has been sent for psychological evaluation.