July 14, 2020
A Philadelphia auto mechanic is being hailed for his heroic actions in Wildwood on Monday night.
Tyree Ward was at the beach with his family when a woman frantically approached and asked him to save her friend, who was struggling to swim in the ocean, fire officials said.
"Without hesitation, Mr. Ward entered the water and swam out to the victim," the Wildwood Fire Department wrote in a Facebook post. "Mr. Ward’s selfless actions most certainly saved this woman’s life."
The incident occurred near Baker Avenue around 8 p.m., when lifeguards were no longer on duty.
Ward secured the woman and brought her closer to the shore before Wildwood Beach Patrol's ALERT Team lifeguards arrived to assist.
"I went under water, pushed her," Ward said in a video posted to Vimeo by fire officials. "Once we got to better water, I just picked her up and started walking back with her. She had no energy or strength left in her."
Firefighters and police also responded to the scene. The 20-year-old woman, who was not identified, was transported to Cape Regional Medical Center.
Emergency personnel met with Ward later Monday night. They gave him a t-shirt and a hat in appreciation for efforts.
Watch Ward tell firefighters about his heroic efforts below: