Hooman Nourparvar saved a boy from drowning, Miramar Beach, Florida, April 1, 2006. While wading in the Gulf of Mexico, a 9-year-old boy was carried seaward into deeper water by a strong current, as were three other children. They struggled and yelled for help. Hooman, 18, was one of a group of out-of-state high school students who were playing on the beach nearby. Although flags posted on the beach indicated dangerous water conditions, Hooman and two of his friends entered the water and waded and swam about 300 feet to the children. Hooman grasped the 9-year-old boy, positioned him on his back, and began to tow him toward shore, while his friends likewise began to take the other children in. The current impeded the rescuers’ progress, and for several minutes they struggled to overcome it and finally reach wadable water. Hooman and the boy went ashore, where Hooman lay, exhausted and aching, on the beach. The other rescuers also reached safety with the other children. The four children were examined by responding medical personnel, but they did not need treatment. Hooman recovered after resting.
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