Escondido Boy Scout hailed a hero for saving girl's life

Posted at 6:20 PM, Aug 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-16 21:20:24-04

ENCINITAS, Calif. (KGTV) -- A 13-year-old Boy Scout is being hailed a hero after saving a young girl's life at an Encinitas beach.

Sean Golding was boogie boarding at Moonlight Beach when he heard the 10-year-old crying last month. His Boy Scout training immediately kicked in and he went over to see if she was ok.

"I was very calm, it was more instincts," said Golding.

He didn't know it at the time, but the young girl was having an epileptic seizure. He carried her to the beach and ran to the lifeguards for help.

Marine Safety Captain Larry Giles says he's grateful Golding was there and that he stepped in to help. Giles says the beach was packed that day and the young girl was in a place where lifeguards couldn't see her.

"In Encinitas it's definitely a concern of ours and it's silent. There's no sign of distress and all of a sudden that person is just down," said Giles.

Golding says he didn't think twice to step in and help.

"I didn't do it for the recognition, no, I just did it to help another person out," said Golding.

But now he is getting some recognition. Golding's home city of Escondido honored him Wednesday with a certificate of recognition and the City of Encinitas plans to do the same.

Golding says since the incident he's learned a lot about epilepsy and encourages everyone to know the signs of someone needing help. 

You can learn more at the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County.