18-Year-Old Saves Mom And Son Caught In Deadly Rip Current

18-Year-Old Saves Mom And Son Caught In Deadly Rip Current

One 18-year-old tourist saves a mom and son when he sees them caught in a deadly rip current at the beach.

Travis Shrout is from Akron, Ohio and was recently vacationing with his family in Topsail Beach, North Carolina. He was swimming in the ocean and was about to head to shore when he saw a mother and son struggling in the water.

“I said, ‘Are you alright?’ And she kind of turned around to me, and she just said, ‘No,’” explained Travis.

That’s when Travis passed his boogie board to the mother and quickly swam out to rescue her son. Then he brought them to shore. And the whole incredible rescue was caught on camera with a drone.

The mother and son that Travis rescued were Ashley Bachelor and her 10-year-old son, Connor.

“‘You have saved our life!’ I think I kept saying that over and over again,” said Ashley when asked what she said to Travis once she was out of the water. “I said, ‘If I could give you anything in the world, I would give it to you right now!’”

Travis’s mother watched the entire rescue from the shore, and when Travis brought Ashley and Connor out of the water, the two mothers shared an embrace.

“She had grabbed my mom and just hugged her for a minute, minute-and-a-half straight,” said Travis. “Both of them, just sitting there crying. My mom, from relief and being proud, I guess, and her from just the pure terror of she thought she was going to die.”

Thanks to Travis’s quick-thinking and his lifeguard skills that he learned at his local YMCA, Ashley and Connor are safe and extremely grateful for Travis’s help.

“Hard to realize that, if I wasn’t there, we could have been pulling bodies in from the beach,” Travis said.

God definitely had Travis in the right place at the right time to save this mother and son in need!

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