Kurt Angle has shared a story about how he nearly drowned during an incident when he was out jet skiing on the water with his family.
As a WWE and TNA/Impact Wrestling Hall of Famer, Kurt Angle has been through a lot in his life. From winning an Olympic gold medal with a broken freakin’ neck to overcoming addictions and winning many championships – all while being regarded as one of the best wrestlers of all time, Angle has seen it all and done it all.
However, the Olympic Hero also had a scary incident with his family recently when he fell into the water and had a tough time getting back to his feet until one of his daughters saved him. To put it into context, Angle has six children. Four of them are with his current wife Giovanna while he had two kids with his ex-wife Karen.
Angle told this story on a recent episode of his Kurt Angle Show podcast by talking about his recent family vacation that nearly went horribly wrong.
“We went to Miami, Florida. The temperature was 80 degrees. We spent so much time on the beach. They had a wonderful pool at the hotel. It was a blast. I actually took my kids jet skiing. My first kid that I put on the back for me to ride them because they’re too young to drive themselves, I put her on the back and we went out, and when I went to make a turn, I slowed down and stopped, I wanted to make a turn and I didn’t put the accelerator on when I was turning and we flipped over. We went into the ocean.”
As he continued, Kurt Angle spoke about how due to his history of injuries including his neck issues, it was tough for him to get back onto the jet ski.
“Now, Thank God my daughter is like an Olympic-caliber swimmer. I even had the safety vest on me, but it wasn’t working. I was still sinking. I can’t swim. So I’m in trouble. I couldn’t get above water. I was going under. My daughter kept her composure. The jet ski got away from us. It was like 50 feet away from us. She didn’t know whether to go to the jet ski or to me, and she came over to me and saved my life.”
“She pulled me over to the jet ski. She swept 50 yards with me in her hands. Then she’s pushing, and I couldn’t get myself on a jet ski. My arms are so weak now because of my neck. I can’t push myself up. So now she’s putting her hands under my ass and pushing me up onto the jet ski and she got me up there. Then she jumped up behind me and I said, ‘You know what, honey? You just saved my life.'”
It sounds pretty scary, but thankfully Kurt’s daughter was there to save him. A heroic act, that’s for sure.