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Video shows moment US Marine saves Jersey Shore swimmer from deadly rip current

A U.S. Marine veteran saved a man’s life on Long Beach Island over the weekend as dangerous rip currents killed at least three swimmers at the Jersey Shore. 

The hero, Stephen Houser, was filming a YouTube video with his family at the beach when he saw swimmer Gabe McCabe fighting a riptide. Houser alerted lifeguards that swimmers were in distress and then leaped into the Atlantic Ocean with his bodyboard, heading straight for McCabe.

The courageous rescue was caught on camera and posted to Houser’s YouTube channel. 

“I was Surfing with my daughter on my TANDM SURF AIR BODYBOARD when I noticed some swimmers in destress [sic]. I waved for the lifeguards to help and jumped into action,” Houser wrote in the video caption. “The TANDM BODYBOARD is not designed to be a life saving device… but it sure worked today.” 


Meanwhile, the body of a 31-year-old Maryland man who went missing while swimming off Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on Sunday was recovered after a massive search effort. 

In North Carolina, a 28-year-old woman drowned after becoming caught in strong waves along the Outer Banks. Efforts to rescue the woman were unsuccessful, WVEC-TV reported. 

Fox News’ Stephen Sorace and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Chris Pandolfo is a writer for Fox News Digital. Send tips to and follow him on Twitter @ChrisCPandolfo.


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