"I am so thankful I was where I was at. I don't know if they would have gotten out alive if I had not seen them," the woman said
A pregnant woman is now being called a hero for saving three children from drowning near a Lake Michigan pier. According to WPBN, Alyssa Dewitt was on the beach with her children when she saw few arms waving in the water. Rip currents had apparently pulled a group of children deeper and they couldn't get out. The mother didn't think twice and rushed to save them.
Dewitt recalled the incident and said, "I ran to the edge of the pier. They couldn't even get their heads above water at that point. I called 911 immediately." She explained that she didn't think 911 could hear her because the wind and waves were too loud. "The best I could do was scream into the phone that we needed help, there were kids drowning," Dewitt added. She knew if she waited for authorities to arrive, the kids wouldn't make it out alive. "I put my phone down with 911 on and laid down over the side of the pier and told them what to do, reach for my hand. Every time I would get them part way up, a wave would smash them back down. This girl looked at me and said, 'I'm gonna die.' It makes me cry every time I think about it. I said, 'I promise you, I am not gonna let you die out here. I will get you out of this water,'" she recalled, according to WTHR.
Dewitt managed to safely pull all three children out of the water and over the pier wall.
"I don't know how, but I did [it]. A lot of tears and hugs were shared yesterday. I know they were thankful. I am so thankful I was where I was at. I don't know if they would have gotten out alive if I had not seen them," she said. Manistee police arrived minutes after the kids were rescued. "Thankfully, all parties involved sustained minor injuries, but without the actions of this heroic young lady, could have easily turned out differently. Especially being a father of young children, it's extremely impressive the way this young lady called to action without hesitation, and I think it's pretty obvious what would have happened if she wasn't there," Chief Josh Glass said, according to WTHR.
WTHR reported that Dewitt, who is five months pregnant, was taken to the emergency room after the rescue to ensure that her baby was okay as she was laying on her stomach on the pier to help rescue the kids. Medics said that the mother and baby are healthy and doing fine.