Fla. teen who nearly drowned thanks rescuing officers
The teen was overcome by rough conditions that took the life of another teen
By Melhor Leonor
The Orlando Sentinel
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — When 16-year-old Cottard Remy was pulled out of the ocean by Hollywood police officers on Memorial Day, Carnide Remy closed her eyes and prayed for her son's life.
Two South Florida teens found themselves dragged offshore by rip currents that holiday, and only one survived. Cottard Remy was the lucky one. Hollywood police officers Shawn Charles, Steve Diefenbacher, Greg Saladino and Jason Thomas were patrolling the sand on ATVs at 7:45 p.m. and came upon a crowd gathered at the water's edge.
Diefenbacher and Thomas dropped their gear and ran into the rough surf. They carried the unresponsive teen back to shore, where Saladino and Charles performed CPR until Cottard Remy regained consciousness.