A pregnant woman has been hailed a hero after saving her children from drowning in a lake.
Alyssa DeWitt, 27, took her children to First Street Beach Pier at Lake Michigan on Tuesday afternoon, despite reservations over strong winds.
Once the stay-at-home mum arrived she noticed a group of girls, all under the age of 15, going into the water and immediately started to get concerned.
She said: "I happened to look up and saw one of the girls waving her arms towards me and immediately knew something was wrong.
"I got up, pulled my kids out of the water and ran out onto the pier."
She quickly rang 911 but couldn't hear the operator over the strong wind waves.
Alyssa said: "I didn't know if 911 could hear me and I didn't have time to wait and find out.
"I set my phone down next to me, hoped they could hear, and I started trying to pull the girls out."
Despite being five months pregnant, she lay on her stomach and started pulling the girls over the rocky and slippery pier one by one.
"Every time I'd get one of them halfway up, a big wave would come smashing into us and knock them back down or almost pull me over
"My turning point was when one of the little girls looked at me and said, 'I'm going to die.' That was it for me and I was like 'I'm not going to let you die, I'm going to get you out of this water, I promise.'"
After rescuing the three girls on the edge of the pier, the four of them went back to the shore to rescue a fourth girl who had injured her leg after floating closer to shore.
"I honestly do not know how I did it, it was pure adrenaline at that point" she said.
"Right after I got everybody onto the beach, the ambulance and the police cars came flying into the parking lot."
Alyssa was injured herself by the end of it, sustaining a swollen wrist, but her and the baby were both okay after being checked over at the hospital.
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The soon-to-be mother of three said her six-year-old daughter was another hero during all of this. She managed to keep her two-year-old brother at bay whilst their mum heroically saved four girls.
"Between me screaming into the phone that I needed help and me screaming to the kids what I needed them to do to get them out, I was also turning around and screaming to my son not to come because it wasn't safe," she said.
"He was very scared and repeatedly tried to run to me on the pier.
"My daughter would pick him up and take him back to the sand and she was so calm and I'm extremely proud of her, she did a great job."
Alyssa is glad that she was there that day to help the girls.
"I'm just extremely grateful that I was put there that afternoon," she said.
"There was nobody else on that half of the beach, just me, my kids and that group of girls. Had I not been there they wouldn't have been seen."
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