Off-Duty Lifeguard and EMT Rescue Two Children from Lake Michigan

“ndiana Conservation Officers commend the lifesaving efforts of Devin Newton and Myles Wright. Both men’s training and experience likely prevented two drownings from occurring. Entering the water to attempt to rescue someone should always be a last resort unless properly trained and equipped.”  Statement from Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Photo provided by Indiana Department of Natural ResourcesJuly 18, 2018-Two young girls were rescued from Lake Michigan by the quick actions of two first responders last night.  According to a statement from Indiana Department of Natural Resoures, Miles Wright, an off-duty Deep River Waterpark lifeguard and Devin Newton, an off-duty Superior Ambulance EMT, heard the screams of two young girls who struggling in extremely rough water  and sprang to their rescue.  High winds and waves made the daring rescue even more difficult according to the release.

The incident occurred near the Michigan City Piear at approximately 7:00 p.m. Tuesday night.  Both men were off-duty when they heard the screams of the young girls and ran toward them.  “Devin Newton attempted to throw a life ring to the two girls, which was made difficult by the strong winds. Myles Wright climbed off of the pier and entered the water on the rocks while being battered by heavy waves, some exceeding 5 feet and managed to reach both girls with the life ring. ”  DNR officials say it is unknown how the young girls, both believed to be “around 12 years old” entered the water.  The swim area was closed at the time of the incident.

“Indiana Conservation Officers commend the lifesaving efforts of Devin Newton and Myles Wright. Both men’s training and experience likely prevented two drownings from occurring. Entering the water to attempt to rescue someone should always be a last resort unless properly trained and equipped.”

 

 

 

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