Woman rescued after driving SUV into Lake Michigan


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A woman reported as suicidal drove her SUV into Lake Michigan Friday, July 23, 2021, and was subsequently rescued by Long Beach and other emergency responders.

At about 7:45 a.m. Long Beach Police, the Long Beach Fire Department and La Porte County EMS were dispatched to the intersection of Chastleton Drive and Lakeshore Drive regarding an accident. Long Beach Deputy Marshal Tobin Babcock and Marshal Mark Swistek arrived to find a woman had driven off Lakeshore Drive into the lake. The SUV was partially submerged and currents were drawing it deeper into the lake.

Swistek and Babcock entered the water and reached the 33-year-old driver, who was uncooperative with both officers and refused to unlock the car. As the SUV continued to drift into deeper water, Swistek was able to break out the passenger side window while Babcock continued to talk to the woman. As the officers were trying to open the SUV door, the woman was yelling “Let me go” and was struggling with the officers. The officers were eventually able to remove her from the vehicle despite her resistance. Long Beach firefighters and EMS personnel then administered medical treatment.

During the rescue, Babcock’s knee was injured and required treatment.

After the rescue, Long Beach Police learned from La Porte County E911 that an “attempt to locate” had been issued by the Porter County Sheriff’s Department concerning a suicidal female driving the SUV involved. The woman had left her 10-year-old daughter earlier in the morning and had made remarks of “going to heaven.”

After being rescued, the woman was held for observation at Franciscan Michigan City.

The Long Beach Police and Fire departments were assisted by Deputy Nick Korepanow of Trail Creek Police, Long Beach Water Department, Long Beach Street Department and La Porte County EMS. Long Beach Police also thanked Woodruff and Sons and Cloverleaf Garage personnel for recovery of the vehicle; heavy machinery was required to drag the SUV to shore and eventually off the beach.

2 Responses to “Woman rescued after driving SUV into Lake Michigan”

  1. lawman

    Jul 24. 2021

    let’s hope she gets the treatment she needs and doesn’t try to do this on an open road where others are involved.

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  2. Rob

    Jul 25. 2021

    So many people are hurting in this world. I hope she gets help

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