A Maryland man swam for hours to reach help for his family, including two children, after their boat capsized in a storm off Maryland's Eastern Shore.
John Franklin Riggs climbed rocks along the shoreline in the dark and knocked on the door of the first house he saw after swimming three miles early Wednesday.
"He came to the right house," said Angela Byrd, whose dog's barking awakened her. She found 46-year-old Riggs outside, soaking wet and barefoot.
"He said, 'I've been swimming since sundown; I need help,'" she told the Daily Times.
Byrd called 911 and rescuers were soon on their way to the 16-foot Carolina Skiff that capsized near Deal Island, southwest of Salisbury. Life jackets saved the boaters' lives, Sgt. Brian Albert of the Maryland Natural Resources Police said.
Man swims 5 hours to save family after boat capsizes off Maryland