… we have a small favor to ask. Thousands of people have placed their trust in the Racine County Eye’s high-impact journalism because we focus on solutions-based journalism.
With no shareholders or billionaire owners, we can provide trustworthy journalism that focuses on helping readers.
Unlike many others, Racine County Eye’s journalism is available for everyone to read, regardless of what they can afford to pay. We do this because we believe in information equality. Greater numbers of people can keep track of events, understand their impact on people and communities, and become inspired to take meaningful action.
If there were ever a time to join us, it is now. Every contribution, however big or small, powers our journalism and sustains our future. Support the Racine County Eye from as little as $5 – it only takes a minute. Thank you.
The quick actions of first responders led to the successful rescue of a 15-year-old boy from the icy waters of Lake Michigan Wednesday night.
The 15-year-old boy and his 16-year-old friend were walking along North Pier at 6:20 p.m. when the ice beneath them cracked and the 15-year-old boy plunged into the water.
Dispatchers at the Racine County Communications Center called on the Racine County Dive Team, Racine County Sheriff’s Office, Racine Police Department, and the Racine Fire Department to respond to the scene.
Struggling to stay above water, the boy was unable to swim to shore. Strong waves pushed him further out into the lake, according to the press release by the Racine County Sheriff’s Department.
A Sheriff’s deputy on scene and City of Racine Fire and Rescue personnel were then able to rescue the patient, who was taken to a nearby hospital. He remains in stable condition and is “being treated for symptoms related to being in the frigid water,” the press release reads.
“If it wasn’t for the quick actions of our first responders, we undoubtedly would have a much different outcome,” said Sheriff Christopher Schmaling.