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Middle Tenn. Man Recovering After Being Swept Out To Sea

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Posted at 8:55 PM, Jun 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 02:33:47-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A beach trip left a Middle Tennessee man fighting for his life after he was pulled from shore and swept out to sea.

Brandon Rawls was in Jacksonville, Florida celebrating his best friend's wedding when he and four friends were pulled out to sea by a riptide.

While the other four got out safely, Rawls was blue when he was finally pulled out of the water.

NewsChannel 5 spoke with his mother, who has been by his bedside as he recovers.

“Just thinking about it brings tears, it's so hard to think about it much less talk about it… but we’re just so grateful that we are visiting a hospital and not a funeral home,” she said.

The Rawls have set up a Go Fund me to help cover some of his medical expenses. Click here for details.