Watch Wis. Police Save Distressed Woman Drowning in Lake Michigan

Sept. 20, 2023
"Let me die. I'm not worth it," said a woman as she clung to rocks and was by buffeted by Lake Michigan's violent waves while Kenosha police officers quickly worked to pull her out of the water.

Wisconsin police saved a woman who jumped into the rough waters of Lake Michigan last week, urging officers to let her die.

The rescue happened shortly before 7 p.m. Friday when Kenosha police responded to a report of a woman in distress in Lake Michigan, WTMJ-TV reports. An officer's body-worn camera was able to capture the incident as the woman clung to rocks along the shoreline, while she was buffeted by the violent waves.

"Let me die. I'm not worth it," the woman can be heard telling officers in the footage.

According to a social media post that accompanied the video on the department's Facebook page, officers used "water rescue equipment and communication to help save the victim." In the footage, an officer wearing a life jacket is seen wading into the crashing waves to reach the woman, while another officer unfurled and secured a rope connected to his colleague.

The officers were then able to pull the woman to safety. The woman and the officer in the lake with her were both taken to the hospital and treated for hypothermia, Lt. Leo Viola told the Kenosha News.

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Joe Vince

Joining Endeavor Business Media in 2018, Joe has worked on the company's city services publications. He began working at OFFICER.com as the assistant editor. Before starting at Endeavor, Joe had worked for a variety of print and online news outlets, including the Indianapolis Star, the South Bend Tribune, Reddit and Patch.com.

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