FAIRPORT HARBOR, Ohio - The Coast Guard rescued two people who were in danger of drowning on Wednesday afternoon near the Fairport West Breakwater Lighthouse in Lake Erie.
The names and hometowns of the two rescued people are not being released.
Around 3 p.m. a crew from Aids-To-Navigation Team Buffalo was working at the lighthouse when they heard screams for help from the people on the pier about 100 yards away.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Nalley, Petty Officer 3rd Class James Poole, Seaman Dillon Smith and Seaman Kirk Johnson immediately responded to the emergency.
Upon arrival, they noticed two people in the water struggling to stay afloat.
The crew then threw a rope into the water for the victims to grab so they could drag the two people to a safer location for rescue.
The first victim claims he suffered a cramp while in the water. The second victim jumped in to save his friend.
Both victims refused medical treatment and left under their own power shortly after the rescue.
"The command is very proud of our members for their vigilance and quick response to step in and save others in the midst of performing their duties," said Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas Beaudoin, executive petty officer of ANT Buffalo. "Although the Coast Guard always appreciates when members of the public step in to help, it's important that they don't place themselves in harm's way in the process. If you see a swimmer in distress, call for help before rendering aid."