Woman escapes drowning after attempting rescue of small bird

By: Kayla Dimick | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published May 28, 2019

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WALLED LAKE — The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s Marine Division rescued a woman who was trying to perform a rescue herself May 25.

According to a news release from Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe, an OSCO Marine Unit was on routine patrol of Walled Lake when a boater waved him over at around 2:19 p.m.

Police said the boater reported that one of his passengers had gone swimming and was now having a hard time staying afloat.

When police located the woman, 30, of Redford Township, she was observed swimming on her back, but deputies lost sight of her several times as she struggled to stay afloat.

“She began yelling for help and was obviously fatigued,” McCabe said in the news release.

Marine deputies provided the woman with a flotation device and threw her a rescue rope, McCabe said.

The woman, who refused medical treatment, told police that she had gone into the water to rescue a small bird that had fallen in.

McCabe said in the release that the water was very cold, and fatigue rapidly set in.

Police returned the woman to her pontoon boat.

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