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Three water-rescues to start South Haven Labor Day weekend

Three water-rescues kick off South Haven Labor Day weekend
Posted at 9:32 PM, Sep 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-05 21:32:34-04

Three rescues happened within minutes of each other Saturday, according to the South Haven Area Emergency Services (SHAES).

Two rescues happened at South Haven's south beach just after 2:30 p.m, the other was at the north beach around 4:30.

An woman was found by passersby, unconscious floating in the water. They brought her to shore and started CPR. SHAES took her to Bronson South Haven Hospital.

A man was then caught in a rip current near the pier. A boater was able to help him out of the water and took him to the city's southside marina. He was not injured.

Another man was found struggling about a mile out from the north beach by Van Buren County Sheriff's marine division. When they pulled him out of the water, he told deputies he was thrown from a dingy. Waves were about 3-5 feet high and he was not wearing a life-jacket. He was taken to shore and where SHAES checked him out and took him to Bronson South Haven Hospital.

South Haven officials want to remind everyone if you get in trouble on the water, remember the "Flip, Float, Follow" Drowning Survival Strategy:

  • Flip onto your back
  • Float to conserve energy, keep your self calm and your head above water
  • Follow the sagest path out of the water or to safety.