Central High School head football coach saves 7-year-old boy from drowning in Florida

Coach Jones, center, plays football on the beach with his son. (Image provided by Jones' wife, Misty Cherry Jones).

UPDATE:

On Sunday, Sam Luther spoke with Coach Jones about his experience. Go here to watch.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Central High School head football coach Curt Jones was in the right place at the right time this week in Panama City Beach, Florida.

His family says Coach Jones prevented a 7-year-old boy from drowning in the ocean on Monday.

Coach Jones tells NewsChannel 9 that lifeguards on the beach had put red flags up, indicating "no swimming."

Jones says he saw a boy standing waist-deep in the water, who was then pulled out to sea by a riptide.

With waves breaking over his head, Jones swam 50 yards to rescue the boy. He managed to pull the boy safely back to shore.

"I did what I would want any father to do for my child," Coach Jones tells us.

Jones says he hopes all parents at the beach will pay attention to flags and warnings from lifeguards.

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