The girls were about 14 years old and from Westerville, Ohio, Sandusky fire Capt. Dave Degnan said. The mother of one of the girls called the fire department while watching the girls, who appeared to be struggling to get back to shore with the small raft. Dagnan sent out the department’s boat and drove out to the area.
By then the girls were in the water and trying to swim the raft back in, he said.
“It was windy and I think the girls just had a hard time as the wind keep pushing it away from shore” Degnan said.
The back bay was too shallow and filled with muck for the boat to reach the girls. Degnan called off the boat and asked a jet skier if he could bring the girls in.
The unidentified man put both girls on his watercraft and towed the raft back in. The girls were embarrassed but OK, Degnan said.