Bystanders rescue teen from waves at Holland State Park

Becky Vargo • Jul 7, 2019 at 9:30 AM

PARK TWP. – Bystanders rescued a 13-year-old Wyoming boy who was struggling in large waves at Holland State Park Saturday evening.

Emergency crews responded on a possible water rescue call near the North Pier area shortly before 6:30 p.m.

The child never lost consciousness and was treated at the scene by Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office and AMR Ambulance paramedics, said Sgt. J. Douglas of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. The boy was then turned over to his parents.

The incident took place outside of the marked swim zone in waves estimated to be four feet high, Douglas said. The red flags were flying and park staff had already closed the pier when this incident occurred.

“The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public of the dangers that exist along the piers and breakwaters during red flag conditions,” Douglas said. “The strong winds and waves cause strong structural currents along the piers and breakwaters that will quickly sweep a person into the lake and overpower the strongest of swimmers.”

“The Sheriff’s Office encourages the public to respect the power of the lake,” he said. “Stay in the marked swim zones and follow the swimming recommendations made by the park staff which is communicated to the public through the use of the flag system.”

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