COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Adan Guzman said he was going to pass out when he heard his son was struggling to survive after nearly drowning off Clam Pass.
"You can't explain it. There's no explanation it feels like life is over," said Guzman.
Guzman was home in Ft. Lauderdale on Tuesday, while his entire family was spending a summer day at the beach.
But the day grew scary when 6-year-old Fabian Guzman and his cousins were pulled under by strong waves.
Guzman said his son doesn't know how to swim. His cousins tried to save him.
"Thank god that my nephew acted the way they acted and not panic, like scared and didn't know what do to."
The teens yelled for help as they too struggled to fight the current. A Beach Attendant at Pelican Bay heard their cries.
"I grabbed one of these and as many life jackets," said Alex Brawley.
Alex Brawley and a member of Pelican Bay kayaked to the kids and brought them back to the shore.
"It was a little scary, I was shaking and stuff from adrenaline," said Brawley.
Guzman thanks both of those men and everyone at the hospital for taking care of his son. While Fabian is feeling better, he told his dad he's too afraid to ever go back in the water.
"Like there was tears in his eyes and U was like why not, we have to go back, you have to learn how to swim and you have to be strong, you have to go back there, and you have to beat this. I'm going to take him back little by little, we're defintiely going to go back to that beach and he's going to swim in that water and we're gonna beat it," said Guzman.