Charles Ostrander's head hung back lifelessly as he was carried out of the Pacific Ocean, 15 minutes or more after a riptide sucked in the 12-year-old.
Today, he's alive. How? It could be the ocean itself. At 56 degrees, the water was cold enough that it may have bought rescuers a little time.
The boy, who goes by his nickname, Dale, has spoken a few words since his ordeal and was moved out of intensive care.