A mother who is five months pregnant is being hailed as a hero, after she saved three girls from drowning at a lake.
Alyssa DeWitt was with her family at First Street Beach in Manistee, Michigan in the US with her three kids on May 25. The wind was howling, resulting in choppy water.
Sitting by the pier at the beach, Ms Dewitt, pregnant with her fourth child, saw a group of girls slowly drift further out to sea, Fox 2 reported.
She quickly grabbed her children, all aged under six, from the water, instructing them to stay out of the surf.
Ms DeWitt called 911 from the pier, though her voice was drowned out by the wind, so the dispatcher struggled to hear her.
"A group of kids were getting pulled out into the lake and slammed against the pier wall. They could barely keep their heads above water," Ms DeWitt wrote on Facebook.
"They were literally drowning in front of my eyes and there was not one person on that side of the beach I could scream to for help. It was empty."
She tried lying on the pier and extending her arm out to the girls to no avail, one of the girls looked at Ms DeWitt and said "I'm going to die".
Ms DeWitt recalled that girl had "so much fear in her eyes" and she promised the girls she would not let that happen.
"Then the adrenaline kicked into high gear and somehow i did it.
"I pulled them up the pier wall, with the waves slamming into me and throwing the kids all over the place, pulling with all my might on wet slippery hands, and almost going over the edge myself a few times.
"I kept my promise, I was going to do whatever I had to do."
She told Fox2 she could see her two-year-old watching her from the pier, he kept trying to run towards her on the pier, while her six-year-old had to keep taking him back to the sand.
Her Facebook post she made after the incident quickly attracted over 1400 shares.
People hailed her a "hero" for her selfless actions to save the girls from drowning.
"Thank you for sharing and for caring and for going above and beyond to save those little girls," one person said.
"Your actions and your instinct to 'save and help' are stronger than any of the waves in life we may face now and in the future. Love and gratitude always."
Ms DeWitt encouraged parents to teach their children about water safety on her Facebook post.
"I know those big waves are fun.. and you never expect to find yourself in that situation.. but it can happen so fast," she wrote.
"It’s not worth the risk, it’s just not."
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