Woman reunites with fishermen who saved her life


A Missouri City woman got to meet two Houston fishermen who saved her from drowning on Thursday.

The three got together Saturday in Houston and Eyewitness News was there for the reunion.

Nancy Beaman contacted us Friday and we were able to set her up with the men who saved her life -- Avi Arteaga and retired Army Sgt. John Collins.

The reunion was an emotional one as tears filled all of their eyes.

Beaman said it was near 17th and Seawall where she nearly drowned in the Gulf. She fell in, was swept away and couldn't swim back. Her 10-year-old daughter was trying to save her.

Arteaga and Collins were each fishing nearby. They heard Beaman's screams and jumped into action.

They said they got Beaman's daughter out of the water, tossed a life preserver and then dragged her up the rock jetty.

They didn't even have a chance to exchange names before paramedics arrived.

"She had a lot of cuts on her body and my shirt, it was all bloody in the front," Arteaga said. "I seen her face and it was turning purple."

"I don't want the credit. We just happened to be in the right place in the right time," Collins said.

Beaman is still in pain and has some medical procedures in her future, but she is happy and thankful to be alive.

"I've always believed there are angels among us and they show themselves in different forms and fashions," Beaman said. "These are mine and I love them so much."

Beaman and her rescuers said they all plan to stay in touch.

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