A drone footage was timely recorded by Kevin Cadby in which a 13-year-old boy is seen risking his own life in a bid to rescue a man from a capsized boat off the coast of the Jupiter Inlet.
The accident marks the second of its kind that has happened this week on the rocks of Jupiter Inlet, on Friday afternoon, the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue reported the incident which unfolded at the Jupiter Inlet, just north of Indiantown Road.
The courageous boy, identified as Sam Ruskin, was surfing with his cousin at the very moment when the boat was capsizing, just a few hundred yards away.
“At first, we just saw all the boxes from the boat in the middle of the sea, and we were kind of like, 'What’s going on?'” Ruskin said.
Ruskin, who is a student at the Independence Middle School, was compelled to immediately paddle towards the end of the inlet after he saw the man losing his life, and decided to give the man his own surfboard.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This 13-year-old boy risked his own life to save a man after a boat capsized off the coast of the Jupiter Inlet. <a href="https://twitter.com/CBS12?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CBS12</a> <a href="https://t.co/knAG96gxJA">pic.twitter.com/knAG96gxJA</a></p>— Luli Ortiz (@LuliOrtizTV) <a href="https://twitter.com/LuliOrtizTV/status/924824204234690561?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 30, 2017</a></blockquote>
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According to Ruskin, the whole incident unfolded in a very short period of time. “It’s really strong, I was swimming next to him so I was just kind of struggling, trying to get out of the area because you can get sucked into the jetty,” he said.
Ryan, who is Ruskin's father, said that he didn’t know the extent of it until he saw the drone footage on Facebook Sunday morning.
“Just speaks about his character,” he said. “He didn’t even blink an eye, jumped off his board, handed it to a grown man, saved his life. Came back and said, 'Hey what’s for dinner dad?'”
Although it can get very dangerous at the Jupiter Inlet, Ruskin said he'd do it again.
“You don’t want to go where this guy was because you can get sucked into the jetty," he said. "It’s pretty scary if you’re in there because you’re going to be super-fast going through the jetty.”
The first responders arrived at the scene shortly after Ruskin had rescued the man and assessed him to make sure that he was in a good condition. The selfless act that Ruskin displayed is just breathtaking, we need more of such people.