Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Child rescued from rip tide by stranger

 The Whiting family was enjoying their final day of vacation on a beach in Monterey, California, when 10-year-old Haylee Whiting got caught in a rip tide. Her mom, Samantha Whiting, heard Haylee's cry for help and sprinted into the water, but soon the waves were swallowing them both. Fortuantely, a beachgoer named Kevin Cozzi heard their screams. He swam out and helped them both to safety. Haylee was unhurt, and the Whitings headed home the following day, but they could not forget the heroic stranger, and wanted to thank him again, but never got his last name. 

This month, Whiting used social media to find Kevin's contact information. The two were quickly connected, and as they talked, Cozzi mentioned he was getting married next fall. Whiting said, "My daughter had the idea to raise money for him to help with his wedding, honeymoon, or anything he might need." She set up a GoFundMe page to help Cozzi and his fiance plan their dream wedding, a wedding Haylee and her mom plan to attend. Cozzi is thankful for their gesture, but said, "That girl being saved was enough for me."

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