MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minneapolis Fire Department says two people were rescued by Good Samaritans on Lake Harriet Sunday morning.
A water rescue call came in at about 9:15 a.m. after a man and a girl fell into the water while canoeing. They were brought to shore by witnesses who went out to help them before first responders arrived.READ MORE: Hastings Community Rallies In Support Of Child Outed As Transgender As Part Of School Board Election
Dr. Michael Cumming told WCCO he heard a commotion in the water, and used his paddle board to bring the man back to safety. He credits the little girl’s life to another rescuer.READ MORE: Some Winter Equipment In Short Supply As Snowfall Heads For Minnesota
“Someone had run down … to the bandshell, and he found a kayak and he paddled back to help them, and he literally saved that little girl’s life,” Cumming said. “The dad who I helped back to the shoreline was just hanging on. And he was so cold, and his hands, he couldn’t even grab on to the paddle board to hold it, so I just paddled next to him to make sure he was going to make it.”MORE NEWS: How Minnesotans Can 'Winterize' Their Vehicles For Winter Driving
MFD officials say one of the victims was transported to the hospital, but is expected to be OK.