VERMILION, Ohio - A quick response from the Vermilion Police Department saved the life of a 17-year-old girl in Lake Erie.
According to Vermilion Police, officers received a call from the teen's mother around 7:05 p.m. that her daughter, Carolyn Kingsboro, 17, went swimming in Lake Erie off of Main Street Beach and was concerned that she was too far from shore and could not return.
Officers responded to the scene in the Vermilion Police Vessel Unit 850 and were unable to locate the teen. The teen's mother corrected the teen's location to the area of Showse Park.
Officers arrived to the Showse Park area and located Kingsboro about three quarters of a mile offshore. The only visible part of Kingsboro's body was her mouth and face. Officers threw out a floating device attached to a rope and were able to pull Kingsboro to the police boat. Cold, pale and out of breath, Kingsboro was wrapped in a blanket with no other visible injuries.
When asked why she was swimming so far offshore, she replied "I don't know."
Carolyn was transported to Mercy Hospital for evaluation.
At the time of the rescue, Carolyn was in 9 feet of water. Lake Erie was 56 degrees with air temperature at 57 degrees.
"The quick response of Vermilion Police Patrolman Bailey and Patrolman Stark saved the life of this young lady. Both acted heroically" said Sgt. Stephen Davis of the Vermilion Police Department.