Kevin Cadby, a drone operator in Jupiter, Florida, recently used his drone to capture some amazing video, video of an impromptu rescue. It was just coincidence, but Cadby used his drone to record a brave 13-year-old surfer saving a life.
The teen, Sam Ruskin, on Monday recalled seeing the man struggling in the water and thinking he was dangerously close to the jetty’s rocks. Sam paddled to the man and pushed his surfboard at him.
“Come on, get on!” Sam recalled telling the man. “We have to paddle out of the current.”
Together they made their way about 150 feet to the beach, “paddling as hard as I could not to get in the jetty,” Sam said.
Kevin Cadby, the drone operator, first observed a boat heading into the inlet. The scene quickly turned as he watched the boat toppling into the Jupiter Inlet.
It might sound crazy, but this inlet is known to be notoriously dangerous.
Earlier this month, a 21-year-old man who was swimming near one of the inlets — off Ocean Inlet Park near Boynton Beach — was swept out to sea and died, authorities said. Amantay Brown was swimming Oct. 19 with his girlfriend when the two became separated, the Coast Guard said. His body washed ashore the next day.
In the Hillsboro Inlet in 2012, a diver died when the commercial boat she was in capsized, causing her and 22 other people to go overboard. A large wave caused the boat to overturn, witnesses said.
At the Jupiter Inlet, a 15-year-old boy drowned in 2015 after a current pulled him into the inlet.
That’s what makes this scene even more heroic, and on the day in question, Cadby said “wind was blowing in at 20+ miles per hour”. While not personally active in the rescue, Cadby participated by continuing to search for additional people while Ruskin was paddling to shore.
“My first concern was to make sure nobody else was on the boat,” Cadby said, and he continued to follow the boat and look for other people using his drone.
Stories like this one remind us of the real heroes that exist in everyday life. My favorite part is actually what happened afterwards. Instead of bragging about the event, Ruskin had a more humble approach.
Ruskin’s father, Ryan, said he didn’t know the extent of it until he saw the drone footage on Facebook Sunday morning.
“Just speaks about his character,” he said. “He didn’t even blink an eye, jumped off his board, handed it to a grown man, saved his life. Came back and said, ‘Hey what’s for dinner dad?’”
Thank you Ruskin for being a real hero, and thank you Cadby for capturing the event so we could all share in it. If it wasn’t for the video, I doubt too many people would ever know about this amazing rescue.
For your convenience, the video is provided below: