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Teens pulled out after being washed off Grand Haven pier

Posted at 12:54 PM, Aug 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-30 09:15:33-04

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — Two teenagers were quickly pulled out of the water after being washed off the South Pier on Saturday morning.

At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety responded to a report of a life ring being activated on the South Pier. The investigation showed that an 18-year-old male and a 17-year-old female, both from Lake Orion, were near the end of the pier when a wave hit them from behind and swept them into Lake Michigan.

A bystander immediately threw them a life ring and they were pulled back onto the pier.

The male sustained minor injuries to his arm and was treated at the scene by paramedics.

Officers then closed the South Pier until conditions improve.

"We are grateful for the heroic efforts of those that pulled a young man and woman from Lake Michigan this morning," said Grand Haven public safety director Jeff Hawke. "The power of the lake and wave action is deceiving and conditions can change quickly. Don't go in the water if a red flag is displayed at the beach. Don't go on the pier if waves are washing over the structure."