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An elderly man visiting the Ocean Race area in the port of Alicante was saved from drowning by a man from Albatera.

The man fell into the sea by accident and was struggling to stay afloat. Luckily, he was spotted by Ángel Castro Cebrián, who just happened to be in the right place at the right time and jumped in to save him – despite the fact he cannot swim! Angel, who is being hailed a hero, managed to ‘doggy paddle’ the man to the edge of the water where they were helped by the port Police and a medical team.

Angel was visiting the city with his wife and children when the incident happened and he didn´t hesitate to jump in when he saw the elderly man in difficulty. As well as being unable to swim, Angle suffers from Raynaud’s Syndrome. This causes areas of the body to feel numb and cold in response to stress or low temperatures. This made it even more difficult for Angel to grab hold of and help the man.

When he grabbed hold of the struggling man, they both went under the water much to the horror and distress of both families. However, they surfaced and the man relaxed enough for Angel to get him to safety. The medical team treated the man, put him on oxygen and took him by ambulance to the hospital.

In true hero style, Angel insisted that the medics treat the saved man first, as he’d been in the water longer.

In a humorous twist, Angel’s wife went to buy him some dry clothes but could only find a women’s clothing store open on a Sunday and so he spent the rest of the day walking Alicante and eating tapas in women’s clothes.

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