Pregnant woman rescued from Lake Michigan after falling off personal watercraft

2013-08-12T19:15:00Z 2013-08-12T23:04:05Z Pregnant woman rescued from Lake Michigan after falling off personal watercraftTimes Staff
August 12, 2013 7:15 pm  • 

MICHIGAN CITY |  A pregnant woman was rescued from Lake Michigan near Michigan City's Washington Park beach Sunday afternoon after falling off a personal watercraft.

A report from the U.S. Coast Guard said a good Samaritan reported the woman in distress at 12:30 p.m. after seeing her trying to flag someone down for help.

Search and rescue crews issued an urgent marine broadcast informing anyone on the lake to keep an eye out and report any sightings to the nearest Coast Guard unit.

A Coast Guard unit from the Michigan City station launched a 25-foot response boat, rescued the woman and took her to the station.

Michigan City fire and paramedic crews determined the woman did not need any medical attention.

The Coast Guard statement said there were no reports of pollution from the personal watercraft, which was retrieved by a friend of the pregnant woman.

Coast Guard officials said the woman did not have a marine radio.

"A marine radio is the fastest and most reliable way to contact the Coast Guard should an emergency arise," Roger Rice, a command duty officer at the Coast Guard 9th District command center in Cleveland, said in a statement issued Monday.

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