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HEROIC GIRL PUTS LIFE ON THE LINE TO SAVE BOY

HEROIC GIRL PUTS LIFE ON THE LINE TO SAVE BOY

(Photo by Damian Mulinix/Chinook Observer / AP)  

LONG BEACH, Wash. — As Charles Ostrander flailed in the turbulent waves of the Pacific, it was another 12-year-old who put her life on the line to save him – the first in a series of responders who eventually pulled Ostrander back from the brink of death.

Pictured Above: Surf rescue swimmer Doug Knutzen carries 12 year-old Charles Ostrander to the shore of the Cranberry Road beach in Long Beach, Wash., Rescue swimmers Eddie Mendez, left, pulled Ostrander from the water.

Nicole Kissel's daring actions provided rescue crews with what turned out to be a crucial extension of time. Ostrander, who goes by his nickname Dale, ended up spending several minutes lost in the water, was found lifeless in the surf but has since been revived in a remarkable recovery that defied even the expectations of his parents.

On Wednesday, he was out of the ICU and starting to talk with his family.

After hearing Dale's call for help Friday, Nicole immediately turned her boogie board toward deeper waters despite the objections of her father, who shouted over the crashing waves about the dangerous conditions. Nicole managed to reach Dale, who was struggling to stay afloat, and helped him onto the three-foot board. Together, the two youths struggled against the rip current that had turned an average day at a popular beach into chaos.

"When we were on that board, I kind of shouted out to myself: `We're going to die. I can't die like this,'" Nicole recalled.

Dale, meanwhile, had offered words of assurance: "Keep paddling. We're almost there."

If only.

A rogue wave slammed into the pair, knocking them off the board. Nicole managed to get back up, but Dale disappeared back into the surf.

By the time rescuers had reached the beach, fellow members of the church group Dale had been traveling with were huddled in tears and prayer while some stood on trucks trying to get a vantage point to spot him. (more)

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Article by MIKE BAKER and JEFF BARNARD, AP via Huffington Post | Read full article here

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