Talk about being in the right place at the right time.
Volunteer ocean lifeguard Daren Jenner, 55, didn't anticipate rescuing someone during his vacation at Hawaii's Poipu Reef, but that's precisely what happened during one of his leisurely bodysurfing excursions. Jenner strapped his GoPro camera to his handboard (which helps with speed and lift from the water) and set out for adventure.
While he was out, he heard the voice of an exhausted snorkeler crying out for help, according to "Good Morning America." A 52-year-old man visiting from California had drifted to the reef's breaker zone and panicked when he didn't have enough energy to swim back to the shore.
Jenner had the man hold onto his handboard for flotation and escorted him safely back to shore with the eventual help of a nearby surfer. Paramedics met the men on the beach and determined that the snorkeler, while tired and scared, was physically fine.
Jenner's fearlessness and quick-thinking, puts him in the ranks of other heroes such as the Oregon deputy sheriff who saved a 14-year-old boy from freezing cold surf earlier this summer. After fighting 50-degree waters for 45 minutes, Deputy Terry Brown pulled the boy ashore with help from a Coast Guard rescue swimmer. Both of them suffered from hypothermia but fully recovered within a matter of days.
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