Movie line helps pair survive 15 hours in water

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The way Walter Marino sees it, Buzz Lightyear helped him and his 12-year-old autistic son, Christopher, survive more than 15 hours treading water in the Atlantic.

The two were vacationing in Florida on Saturday when the younger Marino became caught in a current and his father went after him. They were swept away and stranded in the ocean overnight, with the choppy waters pulling them apart.

Marino told NBC's "Today" show that to stay in touch, he would yell, "To infinity" -- a catchphrase from the Disney movie "Toy Story" -- and his son would finish, yelling, "And beyond."

A boater found Marino around early Sunday morning and the Coast Guard rescued the son.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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