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Woman Saved By Her Brother-In-Law While Swimming in Lake Michigan

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Lake Michigan in Kenosha
(File Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

On Sunday (6/30) the Kenosha Police Department responded with the Kenosha Fire Department to Simmons Island Beach after receiving calls that a 40-year-old woman was pulled out into deep water by Lake Michigan riptides. The woman’s brother-in-law, Jesus Vidal-Cervantes (35), risked his own life by swimming out and bringing her back to shore. The woman was exhausted after being in the water over 10 minutes. She was treated at a local hospital and later released.

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Kenosha Police
(File Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
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(File Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

If you plan to cool off by taking a dip in the big pond, please visit the National Weather Service’s website. Under the “Safety” link you will find “Beach Hazards”. The Beach Hazards section will provide a daily surf zone forecast for Southeast Wisconsin. For example, today’s swim risk is Low. Tonight’s is Moderate and tomorrow’s is High. Even though the swim risk during the day today is Low you should always swim within your capabilities and be aware of changes in the current. Below are the definitions of the swim risks, per the National Weather Service website.

Lt. Joshua Hetlet – Kenosha Police Department

“Swimming in Lake Michigan is a staple to our summer experience in Kenosha. However, at times, it can be very dangerous,” said Kenosha Police Lt. Josh Hecker. – 1(https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=MKX&issuedby=MKX&product=SRF&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=on

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  1. It’s stupid to go out more than just a few yards to cool off.
    After that all you’re accomplishing, is more chance of danger.
    Additionally, never fight currents. Swim with them and angle back slightly.
    Like a sailboat does.

  2. There have been warnings like this off and on for the past week.

    Could the city find a way to post them on the beaches or close beaches during those periods?

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    1. Or….Maybe people could take responsibility for their own safety instead of demanding more government restriction in the name of safety.

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    2. The big pond has always been dangerous and has been taking
      unsuspecting lives forever. They have had warning signs
      for years, but people do not read signs.
      We will never fix stupid.

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  3. Thank you to the brave brother-in-law! Daring and dashing your powerful dive, drive, and devotion shows! 👍

  4. Kudo’s to the brother in law for his bravery, he’s a true hero.
    it may sound corny but he should receive a public award, so kids can see what a selfless hero really looks like. That’s whats missing in society today.

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