Heroic California Sea Rescue Caught on Tape

When Gary Golding and Rob McNulty saw a teen trapped in a rip current, they dove into action.
1:52 | 07/08/14

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We turn now to that rescue at a California beach all caught on camera. Two men saving a teen who fell into rough water and lost consciousness. Reena ninan has the story. Reporter: Dramatic and death-defying. Take a look at 46-year-old gather Goulding tries to grab on to a teenage boy caughtin a violent rip current only to be swept into the sea himself. At that point I really realized how helpless I was and I was fighting for my life. Reporter: The nail-biting scene unfolding at California's abalone cove Sunday where torrential tides had taken another swimmer's life earlier that day. Gou Goulding's friend Hillary Swanson taping the whole thing hoping it turned out differently. They say it soon became clear the teen who had fallen into the teen was now unconscious and with Goulding struggling to tread water, his friend rob Mcnulty takes a leap of faith also jumping in. Next thing I knew my left left the rocks and in I went. Reporter: Finally through the whipping waves, Mcnulty spots the seemingly lifeless teen. Go higher. Reporter: And pulls him on to these rocks with Goulding by his side. You can see him giving the teen cpr. He said he remembered from training 20 years ago. He said to me, I think he's dead. No, no, we're not going to give up. Reporter: The teen is air-lifted to a local hospital where he is recovering this morning. He said that if I hadn't gotten him within a minute -- more, he would have been dead. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Reena ninan, ABC news, New York. Whew! Boy. Heart stopping. Watching every moment of it like that. I said, I'm like, oh. You should feel my pulse. What an amazing story.

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