Marine saves struggling swimmer at North Topsail Beach

Posted August 10, 2010 12:58 p.m. EDT

A Marine from Michigan is credited with saving a swimmer who had drifted into rough surf off North Topsail Beach on Saturday, police there said.

Sgt. Stephen A. Gladding, 25, a member of the Battalion Landing Team 3/8, 26th MEU, stationed at Camp Lejeune, went to the beach to surf Saturday afternoon. 

When he saw someone struggling to stay above the water, Gladding paddled out on his surf board to the rescue. He pulled the teen, whose named has not been released, onto his surfboard and brought him to safety.