Following their escape from a car that had sunk into a lake in western Michigan, two sisters reportedly suffered in drenched clothing and bare feet for hours before receiving assistance.
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office reported that when divers discovered the car in Lake Macatawa on Sunday, the 52-year-old father operating it was already deceased.
The children, who are 8 and 10, climbed out of the vehicle through the back, made it to land, and spent hours alone overnight until they reunited with someone at a house in Park Township.
In the winter, many of the homes along the lake are empty.
The low 30s was the air temperature.
Kevin MacLeod described his reaction to a knock at his door to MLive/The Grand Rapids Press as, “I simply saw a small face.” I simply assumed they were in difficulty.
Sheriff’s Lt. Eric Westveer claimed that the girls had waited until daylight while camped out on a porch.
They said they just stayed warm by keeping each other company throughout the night until they could locate a house with occupants, Westveer added.
For observation, the girls were brought to a medical facility.
The accident is still being looked into.
They probably won’t get better for a while, MacLeod said.
“Their father passed away yesterday night.
That’s challenging at any age.