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“Thank God for Paul Davis,” were the words from an Annapolis man who was swept out to sea in a violent riptide on Monday, June 23.
While boogie boarding in the Outer Banks, Paul happened to notice a single hand thrusting out of the water 50 yards beyond the crashing waves and crowds of beach goers. He immediately paddled toward the scene and when arriving found a drowning man overwhelmed by the current and deep water.
Paul grabbed the 300lb man’s hand, pulled him on his board and proceeded to try and swim out of the rip-tide and to safety on the shore.
“He wasn’t very coherent when I got to him. I just told him to hold on to the board and don’t let go,” said Paul detailing the rescue. “I was really nervous he was going to pass-out and fall off because then there would be no way I could get him in. It was tough to paddle so hard and not get any closer to the shore because of the riptide, but I knew if I stopped we would be done.”
After a 20 minute rescue Paul finally got them out of the rip-tide and to a depth where they could stand. The man was helped to the shore by his family and friends. Once recovered he was overwhelmed with happiness as he embraced Paul and cried, “Thank you. Thank you for saving my life.”