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Saturday, October 21, 2017

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A recently retired professional boxer finally got to meet and thank the man who saved his life when the former boxer was sucked into New Jersey Shore rip current and nearly drowned. 

Since Friday, September 22, when the retired welterweight fighter Dustin Fleischer had a brush with death at Long Branch beach, he has been searching for the man who rescued him.

According to The Asbury Park Press, on Tuesday, September 26, the two finally met with some help from the Asbury reporters. Edrick Alleyne told the paper that he was at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park playing with his two children when he was approached by a frantic man who said his nephew was drowning. 

Dawn Siciliano, Alleyne’s girlfriend, said, “I looked at Edrick and said, ‘Go.’ He didn’t even say anything. He just went. There were a lot of people on the shore, but Edrick was the only person who got into that water.”

Alleyne said something came over him and he knew what he had to do. A woman on the beach was yelling for him to stay out of the water. 

Alleyne, who is 27-years-old and works for a nonprofit as a transportation supervisor, said, “A wave hit me in the chest and I thought, ‘This water is too rough for me to get into.’” 

He tried to yell for Fleischer to ride the wave to shore, but could see he was too exhausted and disoriented to do so. 

Fleischer said, “I was totally helpless. I thought I was going to die.” 

It was then that the 28-year-old ex-boxer was grabbed by Alleyne, and together they rode a wave through the rough waters and onto the safety of the shore.

VIN reports, “Unseasonable warm weather has lured big crowds to the beaches, where intense currents churned up by hurricanes off the coast caused over 130 rescues and three deaths over the weekend. Lifeguards go off duty after Labor Day, adding to the danger of the rip tides. Fleischer boasted an impressive 6-0 record with five knockouts by the time he retired from the ring, but he said the close call in the ocean ‘was the toughest fight of my life.’ Fleischer said he took his story public because he wants people to know the rip currents are serious business.”

Last Tuesday the two men finally met face to face. They hugged and discussed how amazing and lucky Fleischer was that Alleyne happened to be at the right place at the right time. 

Regarding his rescuer, Fleischer said, “He’s my real-life hero.”

By Hannah Hayes