Eighth Grader Saves the Day as He Rescues Boater From Drowning in Rough Water

Sam Ruskin was surfing nearby when he became an unlikely hero and rescued a boater whose vessel sank.

The eighth grader who was in the right place at the right time when he rescued a boater from a capsized boat in Florida says he's no hero. 

Drone footage captured the action as a massive wave caused the vessel to overturn in Jupiter Inlet Friday, leaving the boater helpless. Suddenly, 13-year-old Sam Ruskin came to the man's aid. 

"I saw that he needed some help and I was there and I wasn't going to let him get hurt or drown," the teen told Inside Edition. "We got to where it was shallow enough for him to stand and he said, 'Thank you,' and I just went back out surfing." 

The drone captured the teenager passing a surfboard to the stricken man, which led him away from the rocks. 

This impressive youngster is modest about his role in saving the adult’s life.

"I said, 'Why didn't you really tell me what happened?'" his father, Ryan, told Inside Edition. "He said, 'I was worried about getting in trouble if I told you.' When I saw the video and what he had done, I was amazed."