Witnesses credit surfers for rescue of exhausted swimmer

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Emergency personnel responded to an alarm activated at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when witnesses pulled two life rings in an attempt to help the struggling swimmer, Freeman said. When police arrived on the scene, they saw several people in the water, including two surfers and a state park ranger, Freeman said. They were helping a younger person get to shore — and, at that point, were about 20 yards out, she said.

The youth was exhausted, but was talking and alert, and refused medical treatment, Freeman said.

There was a red flag flying at Grand Haven State Park on Tuesday, and the youth acknowledged that he probably shouldn’t have been swimming in the big waves, Freeman said.

“The Grand Haven Department of Public Safety would like to remind everyone to the dangers of inclement weather and the rip currents,” Freeman said. “Be mindful of the red flag warnings, and stay out of the water for your own safety and the safety of others.”

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