Former WWE Superstar Al Snow has been hailed a hero after he sprung into action to save a boy from a riptide while swimming in the sea.
The incident happened at Santa Rosa Beach in Destin, Florida when the former WWF Hardcore Champion was thankfully in the right place, at the right time.
Speaking to TMZ, Al Snow shared the details of the incident:
“I didn’t do anything anyone else wouldn’t have. We were – a friend of mine – we were out in the water at Destin beach here and I started hearing some people yelling and I looked over and saw a little boy. He was trying to swim and trying to reach his raft or his float. The water was pretty rough, especially in one particular area and I think the riptide had caught him because every time a wave would come in it would start to pull him further and further out. I could see him starting to panic and I heard the mom scream ‘somebody help him’ and the lifeguard had gotten up but I knew she wasn’t gonna make it in time.”
“I was still pretty far away but I started running through the water trying to get over there. I made it thank God and, I caught him just by the arm just as a wave started to pull 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. 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.”
Al Snow made a name for himself in ECW and the then-WWF in the nineties where fans fell in love with his mannequin head. A standout performer in the hardcore division, Snow transitioned into the broadcast position as well as becoming a trainer on the Tough Enough series.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institute in the UK gives the following advice for anyone unfortunate enough to be caught in a riptide:
“If the water is too deep to stand and you can swim, swim across the direction of the current, parallel to the shore until you are free. Use any breaking waves to help you get back to the beach.”
“If you need to catch your breath first, relax and float for around 60-90 seconds. Some rip currents recirculate rather than flow out to sea and may bring you closer to shore.”