Woman rescued from Lake Michigan
By Times Staff | Posted: Tuesday, August 9,
PORTAGE | A 50-year-old Portage woman was
rescued from Lake Michigan on Tuesday afternoon after rough waves pinned her
against a break wall.
Mary Chapman and her husband were swimming at
Portage Lakefront Park and River walk site of the Indiana Dunes National
Lakeshore when Chapman was pulled into deeper waters, Portage police Sgt.
Keith Hughes said. The call to the department came in at 2:32 p.m.
Portage Police officer Richard Schmitt
arrived and was told Chapman was being thrown against the rocks on the west
side of the pier by the waves. Schmitt climbed over the pier railing onto
the rocks to assist bystander Jacob Foddrill, who was already helping
Chapman. Capt. Mike Vaughan also arrived to assist in the rescue.
The three men worked to keep Chapman from
being swept out into the lake or back onto the rocky shoreline until the
Portage Fire Department arrived and were able to use their equipment to get
her out of the water.
Jennifer Herron, an off-duty
dispatcher with Porter County Central Dispatch, who was at the park with her
children, also assisted by using the officer's radios to update dispatch on
the victim's and officers' location near the pier.
Chapman was transported to Porter Portage
Hospital Campus for treatment. She was reported to have sustained cuts and
bruises as a result of being thrown against the shoreline.