Actor Clint Eastwood, the former mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif., used the Heimlich maneuver to save the life of AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am tournament director Steve John on Wednesday night, the official told The Carmel Pine Cone newspaper.
“Clint saved my life,” John told the Pine Cone. “. . . Clint came up behind me, and he knew exactly what to do. He did the Heimlich maneuver, and he lifted me right off the ground. He’s strong!”
“I was looking at him and couldn’t breathe,” John told the Associated Press of the incident that took place at a volunteer party Wednesday night. “He recognized it immediately and saved my life.”
Eastwood told the Pine Cone that he had only practiced the maneuver previously.
“I looked in his eyes and saw that look of panic people have when they see their life passing before their eyes,” he said. “It looked bad.”
John, 50, in 2011 became Monterey Golf Foundation’s CEO, the San Jose Mercury News reported. He said it wasn’t the first time he had the Heimlich performed to help him, the other incident taking place years ago.
Eastwood, 83, is not on this year’s roster of celebrity pro-am players.
– Associated Press contributed