Surfer in trouble rescued by tourist

SINGER ISLAND, Fla. - A heroic teenager on vacation rescued an exhausted surfer who got caught in a rip current and carried out to sea Sunday afternoon near the Marriott Hotel in Singer Island.

As the drama of the surfer unfolded, nearby a search by air and water was going on for a 6-year-old boy who was missing and feared to be in danger of drowning, said a Palm Beach County lifeguard.

"There was a couple women out there, they were in tears, one was giving a blessing, because we saved that man's life," said Patrick Benson, the Cincinnati lifeguard who jumped in the cold water to rescue the surfer. "It's an emotional high, but you just have to take it in stride because yes, I saved his life, but I'm not better than anyone else," Benson said.

The male surfer was rushed to St. Mary's Medical Center in a unknown condition. He is expected to survive, according to the lifeguards on scene.

Meanwhile, the child was found safe and dry and returned to his parents.

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