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Coastie saves a life on his wedding day

• Aug 21, 2018 at 5:00 PM

Petty Officer 2nd Class Zac Edwards was celebrating the future he would spend with his new bride on a warm summer afternoon in Orange Beach, Alabama. But that future would soon be in jeopardy.

In a recent post on the U.S. Coast Guard’s official blog, the “Coast Guard Compass,” Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Magee wrote about how Edwards put his training and his call to duty into action to save a life on the very day he was married.

“’I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!’ yelled a teenage boy as he struggled to keep his head above the water,” Magee wrote. “As he looked toward the beach getting farther away, he saw a man swimming toward him.”

“I wasn’t going to let him drown,” said Edwards, a marine science technician stationed at Sector Mobile, Alabama.

After the Aug. 2 wedding ceremony, the newly married couple made their way closer to the water for photographs. As they were posing for a photo, a woman came up to them to call attention to a kid having a hard time getting back to shore.

“Zac looked up and saw a boy in the water about 60 yards away,” Magee wrote. “Zac said he knew he had to do something. He looked at his wife, who was staring back at him as if she knew what he was thinking. ‘Go get him,’ she said.”

Zac’s rescue received national media attention, including a spot on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Read the complete post: “Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: MST2 Zac Edwards.”

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