A Florida woman’s husband reportedly drowned trying to save her from a Miami Beach rip current.
Kendra Smith praised her late husband for his heroic actions: “He did the most amazing thing in the world that he gave his life for me,” she said. “I appreciate that, I really do, and I’m going to honor him until the day I die because of that. … He’ll always be my hero.”
“I was trying to hold on to him; he was trying to hold on to me,” Smith recounted. “In some kind of wave, he lost his grasp and then he got me back again; he found me again.”
As lifeguards approached the couple, Whittington instructed them to save his wife first. “I heard him hollering and screaming, and I was hollering and screaming for them to save him and begging them, ‘Please save him,’” Smith said.
It’s heartbreaking that what began as a fun day at the beach ended in tragedy for this couple, but it’s also beautiful that Whittington sacrificed his life for his wife.
“Life is just so short. I would have never guessed in a million years that we would go have fun, and the next thing you know, he’s gone,” Smith said.
We may not know how Whittington lived, but he certainly died a hero.
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