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Sean Kingston's Savior

He Was Puking Blood

5/30/2011 1:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The guy who heroically jumped into the water to save Sean Kingston says the singer was spitting up blood after his jet ski accident last night -- but that Sean was responsive and even spoke during the rescue. 

Jonathan Rivera, a member of the Coast Guard, says he was driving his boat around Star Island on his day off ... when he was called over to the accident scene by a man and a woman on a jet ski. Rivera says he noticed an empty jet ski, a woman in the water floating (she was wearing a vest and complaining her head hurt) and Kingston.

Rivera says the two people on the jet ski were trying to hold Kingston up, but they were struggling to keep his head above water. Rivera says Kingston's size was a problem for them, as his life vest had come off.

So Rivera says he jumped in the water and noticed Kingston was "puking up blood out of his mouth."

Rivera says he wrapped his arms around Kingston and held on to the jet ski to help keep Kingston's head above water. Rivera said Kingston was "convulsing and throwing up blood all over me" -- but said he didn't notice any head trauma. 

Rivera tells us he held onto Kingston for about 15 minutes, until a police boat finally arrived. Rivera says he doesn't think he could have held on much longer than he did. 

Rivera says when help arrived, he told Sean he was going to be okay. He says Kingston repeated back to him, "I'm going to be okay." 

When it came time to get Kingston into the boat, Rivera says Kingston was able to follow directions, though he did need some assistance getting in. 

From there, paramedics quickly came and cleaned Kingston up and rushed him to an ambulance that was waiting nearby. 

Rivera, who says he didn't recognize Kingston until well into the rescue, tells us, “I mean regardless of whether I was in the Coast Guard, I would have still jumped off to help him. He needed help."

Jimmy Vega, who was with Rivera at the time and assisted in rescuing Kingston, talked to a local reporter (see below) and explained, "We were about to turn back around [and go home] when we noticed him. I truly believe if we did turn around, he would not be with us today."



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What a hero.

1242 days ago


yes, now he is a hero,, not some
fergie bodyguard that moved some guy from HERE to there.

1242 days ago


Great to know he was able to save him, hate hearing stories like this.

1242 days ago


More fun at the "Hip Hop" Festivities

1242 days ago

Surrounded By Angels    

Wow... That is just a miracle that they where able to save sean's and his friend life, good job you guys U are true HEROS.!

1242 days ago


very lucky indeed, great story.

1242 days ago


True heros to give fully of yourselves to save another. Bless you both!

1242 days ago


These are the real heroes in life, not forced-fed celebrities.

1242 days ago


Gotta say how refreshing it is to read a story of a life-saving event, and then all the posts (so far) are positive and uplifting comments. Great people here today!

1242 days ago

Bob Johnson    

Rivera's first thoughts when he realized he saved Sean Kingston: "$$$$$$$$$ Ka-ching!!!!!!!!!! $$$$$$$$$$ 15 minutes of fame babey, yeah."

1242 days ago


(If he ever reads this) God saved you and heard all the prayers that his family,friends and fans made for him. He's been trending on twitter the whole day. You have a long way to go. We're so happy you have made it, we'll celebrate when your out of hospital. Life is short, life is precious and your God's precious child. Everything has a reason thats y that man was there at that time. When all this is done, you'll tell/sing your story about how triumphant you were and we will be inspired. Love you from Kenyan fan

1242 days ago

joey _ I love TMZ 'til ya piss me off!    

It just shows you how the rumors run rampant. Miami Herald supposedly had him dead. Remember, CNN called TMZ to verify Michael Jackson's death because Wolf B. kept reporting that he was in ER and still alive. TMZ, with all the Legal peeps involved try to make damned sure before they report anything.

To Rocco - looks like the crap last night was strewnabout w/o

1242 days ago

Mike w    

Chuck Spera WTF is wrong with you?

1242 days ago


hey CHUCK SPEARS, Jealous because kingston makes more money than you? lol While your fat ass is living in your parents basement while your eating your twinkies and go on with your sad pathetic life.. Yeah, I would be jealous too. Maybe you should go kill yourself. No one would care about you anyway. lol I love you Sean Kingston. Glad your okay. Don't listen to the haters. They just jealous. because your rich and their not. Keep up the good work with your music. Your amazing.

1242 days ago

Politico Pablo    

He should buy Mr. Rivera a tank of gas for his boat. Good thing he turned around, or he would've drown for sure.

1242 days ago
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