MARCO ISLAND, Fla.—A 13-year-old Florida boy is being called a hero after saving his friend from drowning. However, he says he has one regret that will haunt him for a while.
Logan Gross and Tyler Melton were walking along the shores at Marco Island Park when they saw a man struggling to swim in the lake.
Melton jumped in the water but could not make it back to shore.
With dozens of people standing by, 13-year-old Logan Gross didn’t think twice and hopped in the water, even though he has a broken leg.
Gross said, “Everyone was sitting there doing nothing. I jumped in and swam and just started swimming as fast as I could.”
He was able to grab Tyler and swim back to land.
Afterward, Gross jumped back in the lake to save the 61-year-old man but rescuers ordered him out of the water.
He said, “I could’ve saved his life. I was not scared at all.”
The middle schooler is certified in scuba diving and took multiple swimming lessons.
Gross said, “When they both went under, I just darted and did everything I could do to save them.”
After being underwater for 30 minutes, rescuers found the man and took him to the hospital.
When he arrived, he was pronounced dead.
While Logan is being called a hero, the teen still wishes he could have done more.
He said, “I’m so glad I saved him but I’m so sad I didn’t save the other guy.”