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Alyssa DeWitt says she’s just happy she was in the right place at the right time after she saved three children from drowning near the First Street Beach Pier Tuesday. According to UpNorthLive, DeWwitt — who is five months pregnant — jumped into action after she noticed the kids were waving their arms from the water after rip currents pulled them deeper into the lake.
DeWitt saw what was happening and began running down the pier to see if she could help. DeWitt called 911 and says she screamed for police to hurry, but soon realized she couldn’t wait much longer or else the kids may not make it out of the water.
DeWitt stretched over the pier to reach out to the children, but getting them out was difficult, she told the station.
“This part will stick with me forever. This girl looked at me and said, ‘I’m going to die.’ It makes me cry every time I think about it,” DeWitt said. “I said ‘I promise you. I am not going to let you die out here. I will get you out of this water.’”
DeWitt pulled all three children — who are under the age of 15 — out of the water and over the pier wall to safety. Shortly thereafter police arrived and were able to take it from there.
DeWitt went to the hospital to get checked out. Both she and the baby are doing fine.
Manistee City Police Chief Josh Glass said DeWitt’s actions prevented a tragedy from happening and called her “heroic”.
“Thankfully, all parties involved sustained minor injuries, but without the actions of this heroic young lady could have easily turned out differently,” Glass said. “Especially being a father of young children, it’s extremely impressive the way this young lady called to action without hesitation and I think it’s pretty obvious what would have happened if she wasn’t there.”