"The young sailor wasted no time," Nevel says of Doniphan. "He dropped his backpack, pulled off his sweatshirt and called to the girl, 'Hold on, keep your head up!' He called out to another nearby sailor to go get a life preserver. He quickly skirted down some very slippery rocks on the jetty. It looked at one point that he slipped and fell against one of the rocks before entering the water. He kept talking to the girl, 'You'll be okay, hold on!' Doniphan jumped into the water and swam 40 feet through the strong current to reach the girl. He was able to grab hold of the same small piece of metal that the girl clung to.