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Texting woman falls off pier

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:26 AM

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department said Bonnie Miller of Benton Harbor fell into the water off South Pier in St. Joseph near Lake Michigan on Monday night; and Rebecca Van Zant of Mishawaka, Ind., jumped in to try to save her. An officer threw them a flotation device and police pulled them from the water.

Officers that responded found another person holding on to a ladder on the side of the pier. Police had gotten a 911 call about people in the water.

The St. Joseph Fire Department, Michigan State Police and the U.S. Coast Guard assisted with the rescue effort.

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