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.
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.
“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.”
MFD officials say one of the victims was transported to the hospital, but is expected to be OK.