David Halford, 37, and Kyle Reibly, 26, risked their lives to help save a child from Lake Michigan’s strong currents on Saturday, NBC 5 reports.
Officials responded to a call at Wells Street Beach in Gary, Ind., on the first day of the Gary Air Show and found 5 people stuck in the water around 2:30 p.m.
Two of the five were able to walk away from the beach, while officials said three were taken to the hospital. Halford and Reibly were pronounced dead just around 4 p.m. and the third person was in stable condition, NBC 5 reported.
Vernon Lester, one of the people who made it, told NBC 5 he and his friend David Halford, along with three other people, ventured into the strong currents to try and save the child.
“We were having a good time, and all of a sudden someone said there’s a kid in the water,” Lesner told NBC 5.
“We had a mission,” Lesner said. “We were like, ‘Hey this kid’s coming back to shore, no matter what. No matter what happens, we all stick together, and that’s what we did.”
Halford was a loving father of three.
According to the NY Daily News, the child is expected to be OK.
The National Weather Service issued a statement that morning warning beachgoers to stay out the water due to strong waves and currents.