A 45-year-old woman was rescued from Lake Michigan after she fell in while texting on her phone and walking on a pier, police said.
Bonnie Miller of Benton Harbor told 24 Hour News 8 she was with her husband and 15-year-old son when she lost her balance on the South Pier in St. Joseph. She was fully clothed and had trouble treading water due to the heavy current.
A passerby — Rebecca Van Zant of Mishawaka, Ind. — jumped into the water and was able to keep Miller afloat until rescue personnel arrived. A male clung onto a ladder on the side of pier to try and assist the women, police said.
St. Joseph police officers arrived on scene around 9:30 p.m. Monday and saw the people in the water.
Officer Chris Sysko threw a flotation device on a rope to the women. He was able to pull Miller back to the pier with the help of Van Zant and the rope.