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man hails lifeguards for his rescue

Monday, July 23, 2018 17:21 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

A northern LaPorte County man rescued from a churned up Lake Michigan by lifeguards said an undertow in what seemed like the blink of an eye took him a football field away from the shoreline.

Despite the whitecaps, 40-year old Jeremy Reed said he thought he was safe with the water only being up to his thighs.

Suddenly, Reed said the sand came out from underneath his feet.

''The next thing you know, I was gone. It just took me,'' said Reed, who lives in the Heston area.

According to Michigan City Police, several lifeguards were in the turbulent water at Washington Park near the Lighthouse Pier when emergency responders arrived before 6 p.m. Sunday.

Police said a woman in chest high in water when she spotted Reed in trouble attempted to swim out to him.

She began struggling herself, though, and started yelling for help.

Reed said he began swimming parallel to the shore to try and get out of the current but started having trouble keeping his head above the surface.

He said it wasn't long before he was surrounded by several lifeguards.

Two of the lifeguards swam him back to shore.

He reported swallowing a lot of water then after checked out by paramedics refused further medical attention, police said.

Reed said he was very grateful to his rescuers for risking their own lives in the dangerous chop to save him and impressed with how professionally they responded.

''It's something I'll always be thankful for,'' he said.

Police said red flags were posted at the beach to keep people out of the water due to rip currents but many people ignored the warnings.

Reed said he hopes his near drowning serves as a lesson for others to completely stay out under such conditions.

''I saw kids and people no farther out than I was,'' he said.
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