Authorities credited a pair of good Samaritans who were enjoying a day at Tuesday for pulling a drowning man from the water.
A 33-year-old man was heard shouting for help while in the water on the east side of the Orland Park lake around 12:45 p.m., Orland Park Police Commander John Keating said.
A 21-year-old Bridgeview man and a 16-year-old Orland Park girl jumped in to help the victim, while a friend of the girl called 911. Others helped by leaving the boat launch area and heading toward where the man was seen in the water, according to the Orland Fire Protection District.
“I clearly believe if it wasn’t for their quick actions, this man surely would’ve drowned,” Keating said Tuesday. “At great risk to their own safety, they acted appropriately, and without hesitation they jumped in and saved him. With their actions, they are definitely heroes as far as I’m concerned.”
The Bridgeview man and girl were able to move the drowning man to land, and he was pulled from the water with help from the girl’s friends as emergency crews arrived on scene, according to police and fire representatives.
“He fell unconscious while he was being pulled to shore,” Keating said. “There was heavy brush on the side of the lake, and neither the girl or man—who is 6 (feet) 2 (inches) —could touch the lake’s bottom.”
Police and fire representatives didn't release the name of drowning man, nor those of the people who helped him. The girl and her friends just completed their junior year at and were celebrating at the lake, Keating said.
The Tinley Park man did not appear to suffer serious injuries, and was recovering at Palos Community Hospital Tuesday evening.
Authorities haven’t said what led the man to be in the lake, which doesn’t allow swimming. No charges had been filed against the Tinley Park man as of May 29 around 9 p.m.
“Despite the stress of situation, the people who helped him wanted to know how he was doing later on,” Keating said. “This really had a happy ending.”
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