Watch Long Beach Island, NJ Surfer Save Drowning Swimmer
Several people died over Labor Day weekend along the Jersey Shore while swimming in dangerous rip currents. Lifeguards saved many others.
One lucky man swimming in Long Beach Island had the good fortune to be saved by a nearby surfer who happened to catch the action on a bodycam.
Gage McCabe became overwhelmed by the currents and was going under when Steven Houser came to his rescue.
Houser, a retired U.S. Marine, was recording a YouTube video with his family and saw swimmer Gabe McCabe going under. He acted quickly to save the man who was losing the fight to stay afloat.
"I've never experienced anything like this," McCabe told CBS 2 New York. "It just sucked, zapped the energy right out of you."
"With those currents it could have turned out really deadly and just having that inflatable board that I had, a really buoyant board, right when Gabe grabbed onto that board I knew I had him," Houser said.
"I've been in rip currents before too it's scary," he said. "Your first instinct is panic."
Houser and McCabe are now friends for life, which is special since Houser is responsible for saving McCabe's life when he was nearly swallowed in the rough surf.
"Steve definitely was the man at the moment yesterday for me," McCabe said. "I'm not sure if I would be here today, but thankfully I am."
Wow, that's amazing. Check out the rescue video.