BALLWIN, Mo (KMOV.com) -- A daring rescue by three boys may have saved two 11-year-olds from tragedy.
Two boys were swimming in the Meramec River in Castlewood State Park when they were pulled under by the current.
A group of teens, two of them 16 years old, one of them 15, saw them shouting for help.
At first the boys said they thought the kids were just playing around. But soon they figured out that the current was pulling the boys under water. That’s when the teens jumped in to save them.
“I would expect any person to go in after two kids to save their actual life,” said Michael Loehr-Agolia, who help save the kids.
“They thanked us a lot," added Nathan Conway, another rescuer. "The aunt was just so happy.”
The two kids who nearly drowned were not wearing life jackets.
Metro West Assistant Fire Chief Edward Bierne said it was extremely lucky that anyone was around to hear the children.
"In this particular case these kids were lucky because there were people that heard them screaming and immediately jumped into action," he said. "That's usually not the case here."
In fact, one of the boys who rescued the swimmers said his grandfather drowned at Castlewood State Park years ago.
Castlewood’s website says swimming is “at your own risk.”