By: Ellie Romano


Twitter: @EromanoABC6

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) - A Massachusetts man is lucky to be alive after a life-threatening body surfing accident. 

Gary Parmentier was body surfing at Misquamicut Beach on Friday when a rogue wave hit him, breaking his neck and rendering him temporarily paralyzed. 

"He was facedown in the water," explained Parmentier's daughter Nicole Duffus. "Every time his face broke the surface he yelled for help."

Fortunately, a nearby swimmer heard Parmentier's cries for help and pulled him out of the water. 

"If this man were not there, our dad would not be here," said Duffus.

Parmentier's family is now searching for that swimmer who pulled their father out of the water. They want to thank the Good Samaritan in person. 

The family has a partial description of what the Good Samaritan looked like. 

"He was middle-aged and wearing dark swim trunks," said Parmentier's other daughter Christine Roy. 

The daughters took to Facebook to try and find the Good Samaritan. Their plea for help has been shared more than 8,000 times. 

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"It's just so nice to know there are still Good Samaritans out there who are willing to risk their own lives," said Duffus.

Parmentier underwent surgery after the accident and is now recovering in the hospital. He's expected to make a full recovery.

"He's moving all of his limbs now. He has use of his legs, arms and hands," said Duffus.

The family is also working to thank all of the first responders and beach goers who came to their father's aid that day. 

If you know who the Good Samaritan might be, you can reach out to the family via their Facebook post.