A Santa Cruz teenager is being recognized for rescuing a drowning man at the beach. ZadeStone-Hinds was surfing at Sunny Cove when he spotted a swimmer struggling in the waves and he rushed to help.
The 17-year-old says the waves were strong and about six to eight feet high, but he got the young man up onto his surfboard so he could breathe. Zade says the guy couldn’t really tread water or anything and he told the teen it was his first time being in the ocean. The tide was high, but Zade managed to keep him afloat until rescue swimmers with the Central Fire Protection District arrived.
They got the man back to the beach with just a few minor injuries, thanks to Zade’s quick response. Witnesses are calling him a hero, but he says he was just doing what needed to be done. Even though he lost his surfboard during the rescue, he says he’d do it again. “I’m not going to hesitate on something like that, that I feel so comfortable doing,” he says.