BONITA BEACH, Fla. -- A Bonita Beach teen is being called a hero for rescuing another teen in the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend. The South Fort Myers High School student says he was just doing what anyone else would have done.
A swimmer is recovering thanks to the quick thinking of a 16-year-old at Bonita Beach. The teen that saved the swimmer is remaining humble and said he was just in the right place at the right time.
"The tide was about up to here and that's when I heard the screams for help and they were right out there," said Matt McKnight, who saved a swimmer over the weekend.
McKnight is not your typical 16-year-old.
"A lot of people have been saying i'm a hero but I don't really feel like one," said McKnight.
Sunday afternoon he was working and said the Gulf of Mexico was a dangerous place to go for a swim.
"It was a little rougher than most," said McKnight.
With strong rip currents happening, McKnight said two brothers were playing in the water when something went wrong. At first he thought screams were kids playing around and then realized it was no joke.
"I hear help, help. I look out there and there is two heads floating and the one went under and didn't pop back up," said McKnight.
With a boogie board in hand, McKnight didn't think twice and quickly swam to help.
"I just happened to be in the right place at the right time," said McKnight.
He and another woman were able to pull the two brothers to the beach. Mcknight said he has a boater safety card and knows a little about CPR. He just hopes the brothers stay safe when wading in the water.
"Hopefully I'll see them out on the beach again," said McKnight.
As for those two brothers who were taken from the water, at last check, WINK News was told they were breathing on their own when they were transported to the hospital.