The quick actions of first responders led to the successful rescue of a 15-year-old boy from the icy waters of Lake Michigan Wednesday night.
The 15-year-old boy and his 16-year-old friend were walking along North Pier at 6:20 p.m. when the ice beneath them cracked and the 15-year-old boy plunged into the water.
Dispatchers at the Racine County Communications Center called on the Racine County Dive Team, Racine County Sheriff’s Office, Racine Police Department, and the Racine Fire Department to respond to the scene.
Struggling to stay above water, the boy was unable to swim to shore. Strong waves pushed him further out into the lake, according to the press release by the Racine County Sheriff’s Department.
A Sheriff’s deputy on scene and City of Racine Fire and Rescue personnel were then able to rescue the patient, who was taken to a nearby hospital. He remains in stable condition and is “being treated for symptoms related to being in the frigid water,” the press release reads.
“If it wasn’t for the quick actions of our first responders, we undoubtedly would have a much different outcome,” said Sheriff Christopher Schmaling.