HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - A ceremony was held Wednesday to honor everyone involved in saving nearly 30 swimmers in a single day last summer.
The U.S Coast Guard wants the ceremony at Holland State Park to remind swimmers to be extra careful this year.
In a six hour period, U.S. Coast Guard Chief Mark Rose rescued 14 swimmers last August at Holland State Park.
Rose says a strong current caught many of them by surprise.
"I just started grabbing life rings and heaving them out," says Rose.
Almost a year later, Rose is being honored for his heroism, along with two good Samaritans. One of them, Mark Quist, jumped off a boat to save a teenage girl.
"Mr. Quist fought to tread water and keep them both afloat. All the while, he was verbally reassuring the victim she was safe," says U.S. Coast Guard Captain Matt Sibley.