BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Christian Lozano was sitting on a Ventura beach last week when he saw a head poking up from the waves. He soon heard a cry for help and knew what he had to do.

Lozano ran into the heavy surf, grabbed the 11-year-old girl and the pair made it to shore safely after a few harrowing moments.

The 16-year-old Young Marine is being hailed a hero by Maya Harding’s family who wanted to express their thanks for what he did.

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