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Girl rescued from ice along Lake Michigan shoreline

Posted at 3:48 PM, Feb 18, 2019

PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A 15-year-old girl has been rescued from the ice along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

The Ottawa County Sheriff says that deputies were called to Idlewood Beach in Park Township at about 2:45 p.m. where a dog was found on the ice that was howling. A 15-year-old girl who is living nearby with her family for the winter had been walking the dog.

Park Township deployed a drone and found the girl at the bottom of an ice ledge about 1,000 feet offshore, to the west of an observation deck being used by the Park Township Fire Department. The girl waved to the drone and they were able to determine she wasn't in the water.

The girl had fallen about 30 feet down to the ice ledge. Park Township firefighters walked out to the scene with water rescue suits and lowered a ladder to her. She was brought to shore and was not injured. Her dog was also taken back to shore safely.

It took about two hours to bring the girl to safety.