A pregnant mother is being hailed as a hero after saving four children from drowning.
Alyssa DeWitt, 27, decided to take her children to the First Street Beach pier on Lake Michigan on Tuesday afternoon.
“I hardly do it, I sat in the truck for about five minutes thinking the wind was really strong, and I really didn’t know if it was a good idea,” said the Manistee, Michigan homemaker. .
On the beach, he noticed a group of girls, all under the age of 15, entering the water and he worried for their safety.
“By chance I looked up and saw one of the girls waving her arms at me and I immediately knew something was wrong,” he said. “I got up, pulled my children out of the water and ran to the dock.”
He called 911, but says, “I didn’t know if [they] he could hear me and I didn’t have time to wait and find out, ”he said.
No one else was on the beach. She was the only one who could help. Alyssa lay on her stomach, despite being five months pregnant, and began trying to pull the girls onto the rocky and slippery pier.
“Every time I lifted one of them halfway, a big wave would crash into us and knock them over or almost throw me up,” he said.
“My turning point was when one of the girls looked at me and said, ‘I’m going to die.’ That was it for me and I was like ‘I’m not going to let you die, I’m going to get you out of this water, I promise.’
He managed to pull the three girls out of the water and across the pier before the group set off for shore to rescue a fourth girl who had managed to get close to shore but was unable to stand because her leg was injured.
“Honestly, I don’t know how I did it, it was pure adrenaline at the time,” Alyssa said.
“Right after I took everyone to the beach, the ambulance and police cars flew into the parking lot.”
Alyssa suffered a swollen wrist, but she and the baby were fine when she went to the hospital to get checked.
She said another hero of the day is her six-year-old daughter, who managed to keep her two-year-old brother safe during the ordeal.
“Between yelling at the phone that I needed help and yelling at the kids what I needed them to do to get them out, I also turned around and yelled at my son not to come because it wasn’t safe,” she said. saying.
“He was very scared and repeatedly tried to run towards me on the dock.”
“My daughter would pick him up and take him back to the sand and she was so calm and I’m extremely proud of her, she did a great job.” This superhero mom did very well too.
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