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17-year-old dives into Florida waters to rescue woman swept out to sea.

Updated: May 10

Seventeen-year-old Jakob Thompson from Lantana, Florida, has been recognized as a hero after his courageous act of diving into dangerous waters to save a woman swept out to sea near the Boynton Beach Inlet.

Jakob Thompson received the prestigious Carnegie Medal. - WSVN 7 News Miami
Jakob Thompson received the prestigious Carnegie Medal. - WSVN 7 News Miami

Captured on cellphone video, the footage shows Jakob leaping off a seawall into the ocean to assist the 35-year-old woman in distress on November 30, 2023. His quick thinking and bravery undoubtedly saved her life.

For his selfless actions, Jakob recently received the prestigious Carnegie Medal, an honor reserved for individuals who risk their lives to save others. Out of the seventeen recipients acknowledged for their heroism across the U.S. and Canada, Jakob was the sole Floridian awardee.

When interviewed by CBS12 News, Jakob humbly recounted the moment he sprang into action, swimming as fast as he could to reach the exhausted woman struggling in the water. Aspiring to become a firefighter, Jakob emphasized that he would not hesitate to do it all over again.

Jakob's story serves as a testament to bravery and compassion, highlighting the extraordinary impact of ordinary individuals who rise to the occasion in times of crisis. His unwavering courage exemplifies the best of humanity and inspires us all to be ready to lend a helping hand when it is needed most.

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