Illinois girl speaks out after Lake Michigan near-drowning rescue

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A 15-year-old Illinois girl who nearly drowned while trying to save a boy from a Lake Michigan rip current said she doesn’t remember being pulled from the water.

Brooke Veldman was at the Washington Park beach in Michigan City on Saturday, Aug. 6, after a volleyball tournament when she saw a little boy go under water.

Veldman told WSBT that she swam after him and tried to help, but he grabbed onto her neck and pushed her under the water while he was gasping for air.

Lifeguards pulled Veldman, the little boy and two other boys from the water. She told WSBT that she lost consciousness underwater and doesn’t remember being rescued.

“I remember laying on the beach face up with everyone yelling and talking,” she said. “I didn’t know what was going on.”

Veldman and two of the boys rescued Saturday were released from the hospital. One boy was still undergoing tests and treatment at Memorial Hospital in South Bend as of 8 a.m. Monday.


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