GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Three weeks ago, two teenage girls nearly drowned when a rip current pulled them into Lake Michigan, but they were saved because of five individuals' selfless acts. On Wednesday, the City of Grand Haven and the Grand Haven Coast Guard honored the men who risked their lives.
Before a packed room in Grand Haven, a video played showing the water rescue as recorded by security cameras. The waves on Lake Michigan were rough, and five men can be seen pulling a teenager out of the water.
Doug Jedel was honored, but was unable to attend the ceremony. He was the second rescuer who went out to save the 14-year-old girl.
Trevor Reeths was at the beach when he could see rip currents were pulling the girls farther from shore. He ran for help. "I did not expect this; it was kind of a big surprise," Reeths said.