Ranger Ben Hansel received a dispatch call through the Kennedy Space Center’s emergency operations center on December 29th. The dispatcher said that the center had received a 911 call reporting that a man was in the water near one of Canaveral’s parking areas and was being swept out to sea. Hansel commandeered a paddleboat from a park visitor and asked for his help. Hansel then stripped down to his undergarments and the two men paddled out through the surf. They reached the drowning man but were pulled south by strong currents. They made several more attempts, but were still unable to reach him. Kennedy Center security officers and Brevard County deputies soon arrived and joined in the rescue effort. Together, they were able to reach the man and get him to shore, where he was checked by paramedics and declined further treatment.