Woman reunites with man who saved her life long ago (includes video story)

A woman was reunited with a hero who saved her from a sinking boat in Port Orange County 41 years ago.

Memory Wilks and her family were involved in a terrible incident when her 17-foot speed boat started sinking and was surrounded by jellyfish. But Doug Ritter, a local man, rescued them.

Wilks believed the U.S. Coast Guard saved them, but found out it was actually Ritter after reading a news article. She later found him through Facebook.

“I’ll never forget him,” Memory Wilks said. “I can’t thank him enough. He’s truly my hero.”

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