Members of a high school football team are being praised for jumping into action to rescue an elderly couple in distress on an Ohio river last month.
The Cardinal High School Football team from Middlefield, OH was wrapping up a ten-mile team building canoe trip in late July along the Cuyahoga River when they came upon a couple in their 70s in distress near Hiram, located about 40 miles southeast of Cleveland.
“They were stuck in a situation they couldn’t handle,” head coach Eric Cardinal told FOX 8. “The gentleman was in the water. He couldn’t stand up.”
The man had been treading water for about 20 minutes before the football team arrived.
“He was holding onto the boat outside of the water,” player Parker Kosh said. “She was in the boat holding onto a branch on a tree. They were stuck on the rocks.”
Several team members then jumped into the water to rescue …