12-year-old girl saves stranded boaters
A 12-year-old girl is being hailed a hero after she directed rescuers to a stranded boat with 15 people on board in Lake Michigan.
Amanda Galindo, 12, told ABC News she spent her Independence Day boating and watching fireworks with her parents and friends on Lake Michigan before they got lost in the dark and their boat ran out of gas.
Her parents were two of the 13 deaf people on the boat.
The boat was grounded in the river’s Lloyd’s Bayou about five miles from Lake Michigan.
Galindo told reporters that people were panicking and yelling because they were cold and to add to the issue there were only two life jackets for the 15 people on board and no marine radio.
Amanda used her cell phone to call for help and rescuers were finally able to locate the stranded boat, which had been out on the water since 5 p.m. Friday.
The boat had become so tangled in tree root that it could not be reached by a regular tow boat, so U.S. Coast Guard officials were called in to use an inflatable ice skiff to pull the passengers to safety.
No injuries were reported.
*ABC News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.