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Former WWE Star Al Snow Hailed As a Hero After Rescuing Child from Ocean Riptide

by Megan Molseed
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In an incredible act of bravery, former WWE wrestler Al Snow risked his own life to save a child from drowning at a Florida beach Thursday afternoon.

Per TMZ, the former WWE wrestling star is being called a hero after he jumped into action, swimming to the rescue of a child who was being taken away by a riptide.

The heroic wrestler’s incredibly brave act occurred on a Destin Florida beach. Al Snow reports that while swimming at Santa Rosa Beach, he heard calls for help accompanied by frantic screaming and yelling.

Snow, who was in the water when the incident occurred, looked around, finding the direction from which the frantic yells were coming. It was then that he noticed the child in distress.

WWE Wrestler Braves Deadly Waves During Rescue

The former WWE wrestler saw the young boy being relentlessly hit by the ocean waves. The rough current pulling the boy deeper towards the sea with each passing second.

Al Snow knew that on the beach, there was a lifeguard on duty, but he wasn’t sure if the guard would be able to get to the boy in time; before the waves pulled him underwater, pulling him out to sea.

“I knew she wasn’t going to make it in time,” said the former WWE wrestler.

The hero took matters into his own hands, springing into action swimming to the boy’s rescue.

“I made it, thank God,” the WWE wrestler said of the moment he reached the boy. “I caught him just by the arm just as a wave started to pull him even further out.” the wrestler continued.

Even as close as he was to the boy, the former WWE wrestler isn’t sure that the boy would have been saved if the rescue had taken even another second or two.

“If I hadn’t have grabbed him, I think he’d have probably went out to sea,” Snow said. “That would have been it.”

A Heroic Move Has Happy Ending

Thankfully, Al Snow did reach the boy in time. Grabbing him before the unforgiving ocean riptides tried to pull the boy into the sea. However, the former WWE wrestler notes that the rescue was not a simple one.

After Snow snagged the child, another wave came upon the two, nearly pulling the wrestler and the boy under.

Thankfully, Al Snow was able to overcome the dire situation and complete the rescue.

“I made my way back across to my friend,” the WWE wrestler continued. “We went up on the beach and I felt like I was about to collapse. I was exhausted.”

While he was exhausted after the heroic move, Snow did not suffer any injuries during the rescue; and, thankfully, neither did the boy.

Al Snow gained fame as a WWE wrestler in the 1990s. The performer is known among the WWE crowd for carrying a mannequin head. Snow often talked to this mannequin face – whom the WWE performer named “Head” – in his matches.