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RACINE, WI — Authorities in Racine County say they don’t know how a 22-year-old woman ended up swimming 400 feet offshore in Lake Michigan prior to her dramatic rescue as she faced extreme exhaustion.

Authorities say they received a 911 call just after 5 p.m. on Wednesday for a woman who was reportedly having difficulty swimming about 200 feet offshore from North Beach in Lake Michigan.

The Racine County Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol found the woman treading water about 400 feet offshore in 12 feet of water. The woman told sheriff’s deputies, “I can’t swim, I can’t feel my arms or legs.” Sheriff Deputies on scene said, “She was completely exhausted” and immediately took hold of the woman preventing her from drowning.

The 22-year-old Racine woman was later brought to shore then taken by rescue to Ascension All Saints Hospital for an evaluation. This investigation is still on-going as to why the woman was in the water.

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