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Florida teen jumps into murky canal to pull man to safety

19-year-old rescues 56-year-old man in New Smyrna Beach

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – When a 19-year-old Volusia County auto parts employee heard screams coming from a nearby canal, he stripped to his boxers, jumped into the water and pulled a 56-year-old man to safety.

The man said he fell into the water in New Smyrna Beach on Wednesday while walking home from a hospital where his wife had been admitted.

The man, who was diabetic, said he slipped on a rock before falling, according to a 911 call made after the rescue.

Nic Berry told The Daytona Beach News-Journal that after he rescued the man, he gave him a bag of chips, a bottle of water and a ride home. 

The man refused medical help.

Berry's mother, Melody Moses, said she's proud that her son did something "that not a lot of people would've done in a lifetime."

On July 9, three Florida teens stood on a bank and watched a man drown while recording the scene and mocking him.