Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Zac Edwards Saving Marriage

| August 10, 2018

Edwards and his wife, Cindy, had just gotten married at Orange Beach on Aug 2.  The two were posing for photographs on the beach when a woman told them someone was struggling in the water, Fox 10 reported.

There were reportedly red flags along the beach, and lifeguards on duty were busy saving someone else.  So Edwards, a Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class and a former lifeguard, jumped into action.  He stripped off his shirt and ran for the water.

“I wasn’t going to let him drown,” Edwards told the Pensacola News Journal, which reported the Coast Guard member approached the man with a flotation device.

“He kept saying, ‘I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe,'” Edwards recalled. “My goal was to keep his head out of the water.”

First responders soon arrived to the scene, where they helped Edwards and the man, a Mississippi high school student, get to shore.

“I didn’t think that the day that changed my family’s life for the better would change another family’s life for the better too,” the groom recalled.

He said that while he was in the water, all he could think about was Cindy.

Much respect to Petty Officer Edwards for a job well done.  It never hurts a marriage when the groom goes out of his way to impress his bride on the wedding day.

Cindy Edwards said she got a package deal, telling Fox 10 she got a “hero and hubby in the same day.”

Now that the Spousal Unit seen that, she will take advantage of it at every opportunity.   Fast forward 10 years, “Oh, you can save lives when everyone is watching but you won’t take the trash out on you own”.

Pace yourself Edwards, you are in this for the long haul.


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  1. AW1Ed says:

    “He kept saying, ‘I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe,’” Edwards recalled. “My goal was to keep his head out of the water.”

    If you can speak, you can breath. Among the first things taught at CPR training, way back when it was relatively new, any way. Sounds like this victim was in a rip current and having a panic attack, not a good combination.

    BZ to the groom for going above and beyond on his wedding day, and having the smarts to grab flotation before going in for a save.

  2. Wilted Willy says:

    BZ Edwards, BZ! Give it a few years and you will gladly drown yourself instead???

  3. Mick says:

    Coast Guard Medal.

  4. CCO says:

    Seems like the Coast Guard could give him back one day of leave.

  5. David says:

    Saw this guy interviewed, seemed a nice solid guy. More ways than one…BIG man. Surprised he didn’t just pick up the drowning dude and throw him ashore.

  6. chooee lee says:

    WEll Done