Bystanders pull 2 children from Lake Michigan

The South Beach breakwater at South Haven.

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — Two Portage children were rescued from Lake Michigan at South Haven Wednesday afternoon.

South Haven Area Emergency Services said its responders arrived at the South Beach parking lot around 2:30 p.m. to find bystanders had pulled a 10-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl from the water.

Bystanders said that when they found the children in distress, the girl was grabbing onto a swim buoy and the boy was starting to go under the water.

Fellow beach-goers Josh Banks and Ryan Galyen — both of Indiana — went into the water to help an unknown bystander rescue the children.

Banks said when they rescued the boy, he was blue and unresponsive.

Once the boy was brought to shore, he became more alert and his skin color improved.  The kids were taken to South Haven Health System for evaluation of exhaustion and hypothermia.

The girl told authorities that she had gone into the water to try to help her brother, who seemed to be drowning.

South Haven South Beach was flying the red flag — which indicates a high hazard in the water — at the time of the incident.

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