Grand Haven’s newest hero gets longboards stolen

Posted at 4:57 PM, Sep 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-03 17:20:02-04

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - The surfer who saved a teenage girl from a rip current is now in need of a little assistance himself.

Zebulon Boeskool had two long boards stolen from him the morning of his Lifesaving Awards Ceremony.  One of those boards belongs to his 3-year-old daughter.

After reaching out to police, it seems this one has come full circle. The girl he rescued is leading a fundraising effort to buy new boards for the man who saved her life.

Jozalin Francis, 13, is hoping to raise money for the man who saved her life after she became distressed in Lake Michigan Aug. 20.

25-year-old Boeskool woke up the morning of his ceremony only to find his and his daughter's long boards had been stolen. Security cameras on his home didn't catch the crime, which happened around 3:00 a.m. Wednesday morning in the 600 block of Waverly Avenue.

Boeskool said his board costs nearly $400 and his daughter's holds sentimental value.

"It's my daughter's first skateboard, so it's not as sentimental to her but definitely to me," said Boeskool. "Now I have so go, 'baby, you don't have a pink skateboard anymore, some bad man stole it.'"

Grand Haven police have been unable to locate the boards, so Francis has taken it upon herself to raise $1,000 on a Gofundme page, returning the favor to the hero who saved her life.

You can help Francis in her efforts raising money for Boeskool by supporting her Gofundme page. And if you have any information on this crime, you can call Grand Haven Police at (616) 842-3460 or Silent Observer, (877) 874-5468.