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Dolphins lead boat to nude woman floating 3 miles offshore
She had been skinny dipping the previous night when she was swept out to sea. Thankfully, this boat was alerted by a pod of dolphins.
Eduardo Gaskell
11.05.21

Marina del Rey resident Koz Khosravani was out enjoying his boat, The Defiant, when a pod of dolphins made themselves felt near his sailboat causing Koz to marvel at the beauty of the marine creatures.

Then his eyes caught a hand wave from the surface of the water. When he moved closer, he saw a naked woman floating on her back who mustered just enough strength to wave her hand.

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It could have very well been her last ounce of energy.

“I thought it was a mistake,” he said.

Khosravani moved his sailboat closer as he threw a flotation device. His friends had to toss in a rope for the woman to grab on to so they could pull her onboard. She was alone.

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Koz radioed for help. The first time he got to use his boat’s radio.

“May Day. May Day. May Day. This is the sailing vessel Defiant in the Santa Monica Bay … Immediate medical emergency.”

Los Angeles County lifeguard rescue boat captain Matt Rhodes got the call before noon. He responded within minutes of Kokz’s call for help.

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The rescued woman was hypothermic and barely coherent, her skin the color of ash. Treading water for nearly 12 hours in 66-degree waters meant that she could have died in a few minutes.

“She’s very lucky,” said the 20-year lifeguard veteran. “She was in such a bad state that if she had not been picked up out of the water, wrapped in blankets … the potential for something really bad happening to her would have been much greater.”

Koz was at the right place at the right time.

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And he believes the dolphins led him to the woman.

The woman informed Rhodes that she went to go skinny-dipping at midnight but that the current pulled her offshore. She remains unnamed for privacy reasons but the woman was treated for hypothermia at a hospital and released three days later.

Khosravani, a former information technology professor, was fresh out of sailing school and was glad that he was able to make the rescue with the knowledge and gear he acquired.

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This was his maiden voyage on his new sailboat!

“I’m questioning how everything aligned,” the 59-year-old said. “I came from Iran 43 years ago. I don’t practice religion. But so many things went right for this lady. At the end of the day, I don’t believe it was divine intervention.”

He says, before adding,

“I’m a scientist, but thank God for all that did go right.”

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Koz is a former information technology expert, who had previously lectured on the university circuit, including at UCLA. A hernia injury sidelined the athletic Khosravani forcing him to learn about the open water.

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He fell in love with the open waters so he took courses approved by the American Sailing Assn. including the required online classes to get his California boater’s license. Those skills came in handy.

Having a pod of dolphins is an advantage too.

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Khosravani eventually sold the Defiant for a bigger boat he named the Defiant II. He jokingly says he can rescue more people with it. Rhodes and Khosravani are just glad that they were able to rescue the woman.

Listen to Koz’s take on his rescue mission below!

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By Eduardo Gaskell
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Eduardo Gaskell is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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