JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Three brave Jacksonville teenagers are being called heroes after helping save the life of a man struggling in the water at Huguenot Memorial Park.
It has been almost two full days since a man went under at Huguenot Park. Three young swimmers who tried to save him are holding out hope his body will be found.
"It was my birthday. Me and Alex and Devon were just throwing the football around," said Logan Hopkins.
It's a 16th birthday party that quickly took a turn.
"All of a sudden, I heard this woman come running down the beach saying, 'We need a strong swimmer, we need a strong swimmer someone's out there needing help,'" Hopkins said.
Before Hopkins could react, Devon Davisson was running toward the water with his surfboard. He said a man was struggling about 50 yards out.
"By the time I got out there, he was 30 feet the other way already. It was a really bad current," said Davisson.
When the friends noticed Davisson was having trouble pulling the man to shore, Hopkins and Alex Devereux ran in to help. Together they managed to get him to safety. They say the man immediately started asking about his friend.
"His other friend said, 'Man I didn't see him come in,' and that's when he just kind of lost it," Hopkins said.
That's when the boys realized there was a second distressed swimmer still in the water. But after returning to the spot the men had been swimming, the other man had gone under.
"It was kind of like, numb. It was like, we got one guy, we should be able to get the second. But he just wasn't there," said Devereux.
The three young heroes are just thankful one life was saved that day.
"He was a really good person to save because his wife was pregnant, and I'm really glad that he got in and can live his life," said Davisson.
A body washed ashore
late Monday morning on Little Talbot Island. That's about a mile away from Huguenot Park.
Florida Fish and Wildlife said, at this point, they haven't been able to confirm it is the missing swimmer.