In July 2014, Rob McNulty and his two children, along with friend Gary Golding, were visiting Abalone Cove in Palos Verdes.
The day was beautiful, but ocean conditions were dangerous. A teenager, not realizing the hazardous situation, jumped into the water and was quickly in trouble. Gary tried to pull the teen out of the water but was sucked in by the strength of the waves.
As Gary pulled himself out, Rob jumped in to continue the rescue, with his young children fearfully watching his every move.
Taking advantage of a momentary lull in the ferocity of the waves, he grabbed the teen and managed to pull him out of the water. Gary and Rob dragged the boy up the rocks where Gary, calling on his CPR training, started administering chest compressions, while Rob performed mouth to mouth resuscitation.
After what seemed an eternity, the young man started to regain consciousness. Gary and Rob were told by rescuers if they had not pulled him out of the water and administered CPR, the teen would have died.
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