Gary A. Golding, Jr., attempted to save a man from drowning, Rancho Palos Verdes, California, July 6, 2014. An 18-year-old man jumped from a cliff into a narrow cove off the Pacific Ocean and became caught in the turbulent water created there by the surge and retreat of series of large waves. In another party at the scene, Golding, 46, self-employed, stepped to the water line at the rocky edge of the cove and twice tried to reach for the man, but a surging wave swept him into the cove. Golding struggled against the rough water as it carried him into a cave beneath the cliff and then washed him from it. Buffeted by the wave activity, he was able to reach safety, at the opposite side of the cove, as was a male teenager who also entered the cove in a rescue attempt. The larger waves subsiding momentarily about then, a friend of Golding dived into the cove, swam to the victim, who was unconscious by then, and towed him to the edge of the water. Golding joined them there and worked with his friend to revive the victim. Nearly exhausted after the rescue, Golding had ingested water and sustained minor cuts and bruises. He recovered.
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