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Injured surfer reunited with man who saved him


Injured Surfer Reunited With Man Who Saved Him

James Hodges Jr. was surfing off Huntington Beach on Saturday when a crushing wave shattered his leg.
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The 14-year-old was in excruciating pain as he desperately tried to paddle into shore.

"I was screaming but there was no one in the water helping me," James told KTLA unable to hold back his tears.

But as hard as he struggled, Jamie was just too weak to make it.

"I was yelling 'help' and I saw him running toward me," James said choking back tears.

The man James saw was John Severini.

Severini ran into the water fully dressed, scooped James up into his arms and carried the boy to the lifeguard tower.

But in all the commotion, Severini had just vanished.

It wasn't until Wednesday that the Hodges family tracked down Severini so they could thank the man they call their son's guardian angel.

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reblac March 14 2014 at 2:08 PM

Glad he had a guardian angel but where were his legal guardians, and does a lifeguard go with that tower?

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Nancy reblac March 14 2014 at 2:57 PM

good questions, both. I feel 14 years old is a bit too young to go surfing in those huge waves without having a spotter of some sort.
Even for a person of any age, they should have someone on shore watching their back.

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V.A.A.B. March 14 2014 at 1:22 PM

Angels like like make our world feel better! Bless be this person!

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peepa60l March 14 2014 at 1:19 PM

God Bless Mr. Severini. There are truly Angels among us.

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Rita March 14 2014 at 1:19 PM

What a great story.Glad he got a chance to meet him!

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Jewell Rita March 14 2014 at 1:28 PM

Not a she.... She is a he...

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Jewell Jewell March 14 2014 at 1:30 PM

Wonderful story anyway.....

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Nancy Jewell March 14 2014 at 3:11 PM

Where does it say "she" ?

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Scooter March 14 2014 at 1:18 PM

She was very lucky.

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LAURA Scooter March 14 2014 at 1:29 PM

Who is she? This youngster is a boy!

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eldo608 March 14 2014 at 1:05 PM

God Bless them all....

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gailb47 March 14 2014 at 1:01 PM

GOOD JOB....YOU WILL BE BLESSED

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brettjgr gailb47 March 14 2014 at 1:05 PM

if there is a god, he may or may not bless this man.

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DR. JOHN WATTS brettjgr March 14 2014 at 1:33 PM

Dear brettjgr, there IS a God and He loves you even if you choose to deny Him in the face of all the evidence that surrounds you.

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George E Lentz March 14 2014 at 1:01 PM

John-You are a wonderful person. The very best for you formany years to come. May all your speed bumps be smooth.

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brettjgr George E Lentz March 14 2014 at 1:06 PM

this I agree with

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Gary March 14 2014 at 12:54 PM

Need more people like that, instead of looking do something.

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Daddy March 14 2014 at 12:51 PM

Great Humanitarian Story.

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