Expecting Mother Rescues Group of Girls From Drowning in Lake Michigan
An expecting mother became a hero after saving a group of girls from drowning in the sea.
Alyssa DeWitt, 27, planned on taking her children to Lake Michigan's First Street Beach Pier, however, because of the high winds, she was unsure.
The Manistee, Michigan, stay-at-home mother ultimately chose to travel.
DeWitt grew concerned for the safety of a group of girls, all under the age of 15 when they arrived.
She said: “I happened to look up and saw one of the girls waving her arms towards me and immediately knew something was wrong. I got up, pulled my kids out of the water and ran out onto the pier.”
She dialled 911, however, couldn't hear anything because of the wind and waves.
“I didn’t know if 911 could hear me and I didn’t have time to wait and find out,” DeWitt continued.
Despite being five months pregnant, DeWitt took a risk by lying on her belly while pulling the girls out of the sea from the slippery, rocky pier she was lying on. DeWitt says how difficult it was to pull the girls out as the sea tide came rushing in almost making her lose her handgrip as she was pulling them out of the water.
She managed to successfully keep them composed, however, the situation became more distressing as her 2-year-old son tried to run towards her, but thankfully her 6-year-old daughter stopped him.
Following several desperate 911 calls to local authorities by onlookers, rescue helicopters were sent to the coast. The girls were eventually towed to safety uninjured and intact.
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