Milford firefighters rescued three people from near drowning early Saturday morning at the Charles Island sandbar.
At 7:33 a.m. Saturday, a fisherman made a 911 call and reported that three people were in distress on the sandbar going out to Charles Island.
The three people, ages 23, 20 and 17, were making their way to the island, unaware that the tide was coming in, according to Fire Department Spokesman Greg Carman.
As the water got deeper, they decided to return to shore and two of them lost their footing and were swept into deeper water.
Two firefighters wearing exposure suits made their way to the person still on the sandbar and escorted the person back to shore.
A crew on the department's Marine 2 were able to retrieve the two others in the water, who were found in a near exhausted condition, but otherwise uninjured, Carman said.
All three were evaluated by Milford paramedics.
Fire officials are stressing the importance of knowing the tides before venturing to the island.
“You should also inform family or friends when going out on the water whether it's for boating, fishing or walking out to the island,” Carman said. “You should include where you are going and how long you expect to be gone.”