SARASOTA -- Sarasota police officers and Sarasota County lifeguards are being hailed as heroes after saving a man from drowning off Lido Beach in Sarasota about 5 p.m. Saturday.
A male and female in their early 20s were canoeing near a Sarasota Police Marine Patrol Boat just offshore of Lido Beach for the Grand Prix when the canoe tipped over and the male's hand became enmeshed in ropes on the canoe and he began inhaling water.
The female began screaming alerting officers nearby.
Sgt. Richie Schwieterman jumped in the water followed by Sarasota County lifeguard Bryce Makowski. Officer Mike Skinner, who was driving the boat, assisted the rescue and made sure the victim did not continue to go under water.
Schwieterman and Makowski pulled the victim to shore, put him in the recovery position and he was able to cough up water and recover. Officer Juan Jaimes, who was on shore, assisted in rescuing the victim.