Zac and Cindy Edwards have the absolute best wedding day story ever. Their Alabama beach wedding was beautiful. They exchanged vows surrounded by family and friends — and then Zac ripped off his shirt and dove into the ocean.
This wasn’t some frat-boy dare, though. Zac, a Coast Guard petty officer, was posing with his new bride for some post-ceremony pictures when someone else on the beach shouted. They spotted a young man struggling in the water. It was a “red flag” day at the beach, meaning there were incredibly strong currents. The young man had been boogie boarding and got pulled out. He was struggling to keep his head above water while being jostled by the powerful currents. If you’re not too familiar with the power of the ocean, it can be easy to underestimate it.
Currents can move whales, suck in buildings, push ships…there’s no way to fight it for long. If the current pulls you, you’re going.
Jamel Robinson had been boogie boarding when he came up against the power of the current. In his struggle, he lost his board and was fighting just to keep his head above water. Zac was able to reach him with a board to help him stay afloat, but the young man was exhausted and in a panic. Jamel was having a hard time breathing, and Zac’s pants were making it hard for him to kick enough to stay afloat. Zac swam out to help, but soon found that both he and Jamel were struggling. He had managed to help Jamel stay afloat with the boogie board, and the young man was able to breathe, but how were the two going to make it back to shore?
Thankfully, lifeguards on jet skis showed up to help pull the two men in. The photographer kept shooting and managed to capture the moment they made it back. You can see Cindy standing in the ocean in her wedding dress checking on Zac, who is standing shirtless and soaked. Jamel is sitting, being looked over by medics while a small crows watches.
Yup, this one is definitely going in the wedding album.
Jamel says he isn’t sure he could have held on until the lifeguards got to him without Zac’s help. Twitter is calling Zac a hero.
She chosen the right guy.
— skyfolly (@skyfolly) August 9, 2018
True American hero. I wish my timeline had more of this and less of self grandising opportunist politicians both sides of the Atlantic. I truly believe that there is a core of decent moderate people across the world who sit quietly until their time. Am thinking the time is now.
— Parallel Lines (@mrnoshow) August 7, 2018
What a human does for another #human… thinking about what we can do with what we know to meet a #real #need #Hero groom strips off and leaps into the sea during his #beach wedding to save drowning teen https://t.co/SMSK0GnbpE #OrangeBeach #Alabama #Mind #Innovation #Life
— Anna Le Doux (@BetweenTheSun) August 9, 2018
on behalf of jacked newlywedded Coast Guard vets / heroes everywhere… Facebook I give you Zac Edwards! https://t.co/5YWfVoVVRK
— Charlie Morrison (@CharlieMoJISC) August 9, 2018
As for the couple? They went right back to their wedding photos!
Congrats to Zac and Cindy, and we hope Jamel has recovered nicely .