BY ERIC GARLAND, CSNbaltimore.com
Former Ravens assistant John Fassel helped save a drowning man in the Pacific Ocean last week, according to ESPN.
Fassel, who was a Ravens special teams assistant from 2005-2007, spotted a boogie-boarder in Manhattan Beach struggling to stay afloat in a riptide.
Fassel, now special teams coordinator for the St. Louis Rams, told ESPN the man was clearly panicking and estimated he would have went underwater in 30 seconds or less if someone didn't help.
Along with the help of another bystander, Fassel grabbed the man’s arms and waist to pull him onto a surfboard and stayed with the man until paramedics arrived at the scene.
“He was totally unresponsive when we got to him,” The NFL coach told ESPN.
After Fassel passed the man along to the medical staff, he was taken to a local hospital and was in stable condition.
“It was seriously amazing how fast they got on the scene,” Fassel told the network. “When we got him in, and he had the help he needed, we were high-fiving and celebrating.”
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