A scary scene played out on a Florida beach, but it ended in a happy ending thanks to a former WWE star.
Al Snow, who gained fame in the 1990s for his hilarious gimmicks as a pro wrestler, told TMZ that he saved the life of a young boy who was being pulled out to sea by a riptide in Destin, Florida.
The 58-year-old said that he saw the boy in trouble and was able to reach him before he was dragged into deeper water.
“I was pretty far away, but I started running through the water and trying to get over there. I made it, thank God, and, I caught him just by the arm just as a wave started pulling him even further out. If I hadn’t have grabbed him, I think he’d have probably went out to sea.”
“That would have been it.”
“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.'”
If you’re doubting the story, South Walton Fire Officials confirmed Snow’s account saying that a lifeguard was able to get to the pair and use a flotation device to help the boy back to shore.
Neither Snow nor the boy was hurt in the incident, though Snow said the boy was “really scared, really shaken up at first.”
Snow, whose birth name is Allen Ray Sarven, wrestled in the WWF and WWE for more than a decade starting in 1995.