Diver Reunites with Women who Dressed as Mermaids to Save Him and His Friend


One group of divers was in serious trouble off Santa Catalina Island near California. A group of mermaids rescued them. 

Josh Claramunt was on the dive with his father and father’s best friend Pablo Avila when Avila lost consciousness.  

“Honestly, I thought I was looking at a dead man,” Claramunt tells Inside Edition. 

He started shouting for help and it came quickly, although in a form he had not expected.  

“I get three ‘helps’ out and then honestly, just a troop of mermaids pop up out of the water,”He said. “It’s just like a Disney movie.” 

The mermaids—Elaina Garcia, Elle Jimenez and Chin Burger—sprang into action when they heard Claramunt’s cries. 

“I looked over, saw them and immediately sprinted as fast as I can,”One woman says. “I made the decision to give mouth-to-mouth because he was so dire.” 

Claramunt began to hyperventilate at the same time. Another mermaid jumped in to help.  

“We want to avoid other emergencies, (and we) already had unconscious diver,”She said.  

A third mermaid assisted in bringing everyone to shore.  

“My body went into auto pilot, rescue mode, what can I do,”She said.  

Inside Edition brought Claramunt, Claramunt, and the mermaids together. As they reunited, they hugged.  

“You’re the one who saved me and you’re the one who saved Pablo,”He said it to the women. 

“Its just been a crazy experience . now I’m actually meeting the mermaids in the flesh out of the water,”Inside Edition, he shares his story. 

Where do these angels of sea come from? 

They are a group of women that were in close proximity to participate in a training exercise for a Professional Association of Diving Instructors. PADIThey were enrolled in an advanced mermaid rescue class when Claramunt called for help. They are certified scuba divers and instructors.  

“I think it’s important to know the mermaids are athletes, we are well trained and we practice,”One woman says.  

“It’s just a miracle that we were in there,”You can also add another. “Divine timing.”

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