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NC bride-to-be rescues snorkeler from drowning at beach

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CLICK INTO PHOTO GALLERY FOR LARGER IMAGES ---- ---- --- Haley Todd (Facebook image) and an image of a past weddding at the Oceanic Restaurant at Wrightsville Beach (also from Facebook) CLICK INTO PHOTO GALLERY FOR LARGER IMAGES ---- ---- --- Haley Todd (Facebook image) and an image of a past weddding at the Oceanic Restaurant at Wrightsville Beach (also from Facebook)
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC - A North Carolina bride-to-be saved a man from drowning this past weekend while she was checking out a possible rehearsal dinner spot on Wrightsville Beach, WECT-TV reported.

The incident happened on Saturday afternoon while Haley Todd was at the Oceanic Restaurant on the beach to tie up plans for their wedding the weekend of June 21, the TV station reported.

Todd, who was with her fiancé, Marcus Kitts, heard some folks on the beach who were worried about a man who was snorkeling in the surf, according to WECT.

Todd, who is a surfer and has EMT experience, jumped into action, running into the ocean and grabbed the now-unconscious snorkeler out of the water, according to WECT. Kitts also leapt into the water to help.

Rescue officials later said the 40-year-old man might have bumped into a sandbar headfirst, the TV station reported.

"I immediately just went with my instinct and ran," Todd told the TV station. "I thought, check the eyes, check the mouth check the pulse, and check all of the vital signs."

The snorkeler suffered a spine injury along with some cuts and bruises.

Todd later told WECT  that a higher power played a role in the rescue.

"It was definitely fate for me to be sitting right here so close to the man," Todd told WECT. "God puts people in other people's life for a reason."

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