ArcelorMittal and Michigan City team up to install 25 life rings
ArcelorMittal and the City of Michigan City are partnering to enhance lakefront water safety by providing much needed life-saving equipment in three critical locations at the lakefront and along Trail Creek. Michigan City’s Lakefront Safety Committee, comprised of Michigan City first responders and representatives of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Coast Guard, will install 25 life rings through a $13,000 grant from ArcelorMittal. The impetus for the funding came as a result of three fatalities and a number of near-drownings of individuals near Washington Park beach area within the past year. One of those near-drownings involved four individuals who were rescued by Brian Sadowski, an ArcelorMittal employee and Michigan City native. Sadowski saved the two children and two adults in June, while walking the pier and noticing the victims fighting to free themselves from the frequent dangerous rip currents. Hailed as a hero by members of the community, ArcelorMittal and the Lakefront Safety Committee, Sadowski was asked by his employer how the company could prevent and protect individuals from drowning in our lakefront waters. It was Sadowski who mentioned the need for the life-saving equipment and the company quickly agreed to assist. The life rings, each with 100 feet of rope tethered to the ring for retrieval, will be placed along the East Pier, Millennium Plaza and the south side of the Franklin Street Bridge, as well as along the Trail Creek channel. Signage will also be added at these locations to increase water safety awareness about the potential dangers of water recreation.
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