Local saves lives in weekend beach rescue

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 03:51 PM.

"He just held me and thanked me," said the Freeport resident. "He told me it was a sign of God that I had happened to turn around."

The father and daughter were visiting from Louisiana. Growing up and working on the beach, Degafferelly said he has seen too many tourists disregard the dangers of the ocean.

"The waters aren't a joke," he said. "I've seen a lot of tourists take more risks because they're on vacation."

As soon as Degafferelly got off work, he made sure to record his experience on his Facebook page to remind himself and his friends how precious life is. When Degafferelly returns to college at Peru State College in Nebraska in August, he'll have quite the summer to report on.

"I never knew what it actually felt like to literally save someone's life until today … makes me appreciate mine so much more," he said.


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