How pregnant mom made rescue

In Manistee, a local mother is being celebrated after rescuing a group of children from rough waters in Lake Michigan.

On May 25, Alyssa DeWitt sat in her van contemplating whether or not to take her children to the beach out of concerns of high winds. After sitting in her driveway for five minutes, the pregnant mother of three said she felt like they needed to go.

When they arrived at First Street Beach, DeWitt brought her children — ages 6, 3 and 2 — to the pier side of the beach, where she’d never taken her children before. As she watched her children splashing around, she saw a group of girls between ages 9 and 15 heading out into the water. 

Alyssa DeWitt, a stay at home mom from Manistee, rescued three girls from rough waters at First Street Beach on Lake Michigan

“At one point I actually said to myself, Wow they’re getting pretty far out there. That’s a little dangerous with how big the waves are,” DeWitt said.

At one point DeWitt looked up and saw one of the girls waving her arms.

“I knew immediately something was wrong,” she said.

DeWitt pulled her children out of the water, told them not to move and ran out onto the pier.