When New Jersey bodyboarder Dylan McGinn dropped in to a heavy closeout barrel at Pipeline last week, little did he know it would change his life forever.
As we reported last week, McGinn, the brother of former 90s pro bodyboarder Larry McGinn, came with minutes of dying during tricky conditions at the world famous reef break on Hawaii’s North Shore.
If it wasn’t for the brave actions of six time world champion Guilherme Tamega, who pulled McGinn from the water, as well help from the likes of Jamie O’Brien, Tahurai Henry, Alex Leon, Eric Apple and others who helped bring him to shore, McGinn would likely have drowned.
“When I first saw him, his face was bright purple and he was foaming at the mouth,” Leon, who is the CEO of APB, said.
“I was sure he was dead. But when we got him on the sand, GT (Tamega) and the lifeguards got to work and within minutes he was back to life.”
McGinn was rushed to The Queens Medical Centre in Honolulu, where he received further treatment.
After two days, McGinn had made a full recovery and was back on the beach of Pipeline to shake hands with the man who saved his life, Guilherme Tamega.
However, due to complications in his travel insurance policy, McGinn has been left with a massive medical bill in excess of $25,000.
The New Jersey bodyboarder’s family and friends are now appealing for anyone to help chip in and donate to the young man’s ridiculous medical bill.
Bodyboarders around the world are family, and now is the time to help out one of your own with whatever you can.
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