OXFORD, OH (FOX19) - A 21-year-old Miami University senior is lucky to be alive after he nearly drowned while at the beach in the Hueston Woods State Park in Preble County around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
The victim, Dane Sapp, 21, who knew how to swim, was trying to get a flotation device that had drifted away, but the current was just too strong.
The beach has no lifeguards on duty, but a 15-year-old old boy jumped into action before deputies got to the scene. A day later, Sapp reunited with the teenager who saved his life, showing his gratitude with a big bear hug. He said Zach Mortenson of Seven Mile came to his rescue when he was about to go under the water.
"Right as I yelled for help, I just though it was going to be it, I thought there was no chance that someone would come and save me, because I was at least 50 yards out," Sapp said.