Coast Guard Rescues Two Men Stranded on Rooftop

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: 19 Action News the only cameras rolling during an absolutely amazing Coast Guard rescue in Shelby.

Two men plucked from the rooftop - after becoming stranded by strong floodwaters that had enveloped the building.

Time was of the essence during this dramatic rescue because one of the people trapped - a 71-year-old man - suffers from serious health issues.

26-year-old Melvin knows CPR so he volunteered to stay behind to take care of LeRoy Patton - who survived a heart attack in the past.

Shelby officials began evacuating residents by boat around 7AM this morning - but had to abandoned their rescue because the current became too strong - leaving Melvin and LeRoy trapped in the building.

The Detroit-based Coast Guard that services the Cleveland-area was called in to help rescue the two men - successfully pulling them to safety around 12:30PM.

Neither man was injured during the rescue and both feel fortunate to be back on solid ground with their families.