ST. JOSEPH, Mich. – A Mishawaka woman is being called a hero after she helped rescue another woman who fell into the water. It happened just before 9:30 Monday night at Silver Beach in St. Joseph, Michigan.
Bonnie Miller was walking with her husband and son on the south pier and texting when she fell into the cold, fast-moving river side of the pier. But 19-year-old Becky Van Zant from Mishawaka happened to be right there with friends when it happened, and she took action.
“All the sudden we heard this boy yell, 'Mom!' and then we all were freaking out, looked over,” Van Zant recalled. “I just ran over and jumped off the pier.”
Van Zant doesn’t think she’s a hero.
“It was just natural. I didn’t even think about it to be honest.”
She considers herself a strong swimmer, but doesn’t have any water rescue training.