NEWS & EVENTS

Print
RSS

Fassel Rescues Swimmer in Pacific Ocean

Posted Jul 27, 2015

While on vacation in California last week John Fassel, Rams special-teams coordinator, helped rescue a man who appeared to be drowning while swimming in the Pacific Ocean.

While on vacation in California last week John Fassel, Rams special-teams coordinator, helped rescue a man who appeared to be drowning while swimming in the Pacific Ocean.

Adam Schefter first reported, Fassel was in the water along Manhattan Beach boogie-boarding late Wednesday afternoon when he noticed a man caught in the riptide struggling and drifting away. The Rams coach swam to the man and with the help of fellow surfer Jim Burton, put him on a surf board until aid from the Manhattan Beach Lifeguards arrived.

The man was then helped to shore where paramedics waited to provide assistance. After receiving treatment, paramedics on the scene determined that the man needed further evaluation and was rushed to the hospital where his condition was deemed stable.

"Me and Jim said he was less than 30 seconds away from not being able to hang in there," Fassel said. "But it all happened so fast. Major kudos to Burton, the Manhattan Beach lifeguards and fire department paramedics. It was seriously amazing how fast they got on the scene. When we got him in, and he had the help he needed, we were high-fiving and celebrating."