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Man who nearly drowned in La Jolla searches for 'guardian angel'

Posted at 9:00 AM, Sep 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-14 12:00:08-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A man is searching for the good Samaritan who pulled him from a rip current in La Jolla this week.

Patrick Fitzpatrick was swimming at Windansea Beach Tuesday.

"It took a snap second before I was in control to completely out of control," Fitzpatrick recalled, after becoming caught in a rip current. "There was no way on Earth that I was going to live from this. I was in a panic. I couldn't use my arms and legs now."

Someone on shore, only known as "Dustin," noticed Fitzpatrick struggling and swam out to help him.

"He's a guardian angel. He owe him my life, he saved my life," Fitzpatrick says.

Dustin swam out and kept Fitzpatrick calm before more help could arrive and get him to shore.

Fitzpatrick is hoping to reunite with his mystery rescuer to say thank you.

"The humanity that comes from an act of kindness like this, from a perfect stranger," Fitzpatrick said.