SARASOTA (AP) — An officer and lifeguard are being hailed heroes after rescuing a man from nearly drowning after his canoe tipped over in Sarasota.READ MORE: Cuban Migrants Made Landfall In Marathon, Now In Federal Custody
A couple was canoeing Saturday when the canoe tipped over and the man’s hand became caught in the ropes and he began inhaling water.
His companion screamed, alerting officers nearby.READ MORE: Miami City Commission Reinstates Motorized Scooter Pilot Program With New Safety Rules
Sergeant Richie Schwieterman and Sarasota County Lifeguard Bryce Makowski jumped in the water. Officer Mike Skinner, who was driving a marine patrol boat, was able to assist the rescue to make sure the victim did not continue to go under water.
They brought the victim to shore and helped him cough up the water he had inhaled to recover. Authorities have not named the victim but said he is in his early 20s.MORE NEWS: Recognize Him? Armed With Baseball Bat, Man Robs Dollar General Store Twice In 4 Days
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