A serendipitous series of events led to James Pribram being in the right place at the right time, allowing him to save drowning Maira Khan's life.
There's something to be said about serendipitously being in the right place at the right time. For pro surfer James Pribram, a canceled trip to Canada and a chance decision to go have lunch at his parent's Laguna Beach, California home resulted in his saving Irvine, California resident Maira Khan—who can't swim—from drowning in the exact spot where he learned to surf.
Khan was standing on a rocky outcropping at Pearl Street Beach, and had turned her back on the Pacific Ocean so a friend could snap her photo. That's when a monster six-foot wave crashed into her, sweeping her out to sea. Pribram, who happened to be sitting on his parent's balcony eating lunch, saw the whole thing happen. He yelled for his mom to call 911 and then raced down to the beach to save Khan, who was struggling to stay afloat.