BAY VILLAGE, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio father of four died trying to save a young girl from drowning in Lake Erie.
U.S. Coast Guard officials say 43-year-old Peter Radke of Medina was among a group of people who jumped into the lake just west of Cleveland on Saturday evening to help a young girl struggling in the waves.
The girl was rescued, but Radke didn't emerge from the water.
A three-hour search ensued before divers found his body.
WEWS-TV reports that Radke was at the beach attending a birthday party with his children.
He is survived by his wife and four children.
Radke's family says in a statement that though they didn't expect to lose him so soon, they take comfort that his "final moments were spent saving the life of another."(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)