Bear with me here...
I'm going to let the writer of the original post tell this story:
Last Friday afternoon a large church youth group from Spanaway was visiting the beach off the Cranberry Beach approach in Long Beach, WA.Shannon Kissel and his daughter Nicole were boogie-boarding nearby when they saw two boys were in need of help. While they were able to retrieve one boy, they were not able to rescue Dale Ostrander, who was caught in a rip tide. It was about 10 minutes until the surf rescue team was on scene. Twenty-plus kids from the youth group sobbed uncontrollably and prayed on the sand during the search, a truly heart-wrenching sound. It was then at least another 15 minutes or so before rescue swimmer Eduardo Mendez spotted Ostrander, and he and swimmer Will Green were able to grab him and pull him aboard a jet ski.
They were on the beach for another 10 minutes trying to revive him. I think it's safe to say that everyone was certain Ostrander was dead.
Ostrander was air-lifted to Portland for treatment. After he was put in an induced coma for a couple days, he woke up.
[Ostrander] continues to get better by the minute, and the doctors are more and more amazed!
Source -> http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/08/10/7326710-dramatic-rescue-boy-revived-after-being-sucked-out-to-sea