ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Jon Fassel, the son of former head coach Jim, and the current Special Teams Coordinator for the Rams was boogie-boarding near Manhattan Beach in the Pacific Ocean this past Wednesday and joined forces with another surfer, Jim Burton, to rescue an unidentified man from drowning in a riptide, on the final day of Burton’s vacation.
Me and Jim said he was less than 30 seconds away from not being able to hang in there. But it all happened so fast. Major kudos to Burton, the Manhattan Beach lifeguards and fire department paramedics. It was seriously amazing how fast they got on the scene. When we got him in, and he had the help he needed, we were high-fiving and celebrating.
Responding staff said the job that Fassel and Burton did was amazing and a commendable and courageous act of altruism.
Manhattan Beach acting battalion chief Derek Edmonds told Adam Schefter that paramedics transported the rescued man to a local hospital for further evaluation. The man also received IV fluids, medication and electrocardiogram exams when he was pulled ashore.