PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Two sisters escaped from a automotive that went right into a lake in western Michigan after which shivered for hours in soggy coats and naked toes earlier than lastly discovering assist, authorities mentioned.
Their 52-year-old father, who was driving the automotive, was lifeless when divers situated the automobile Sunday in Lake Macatawa, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned.
The women, ages 8 and 10, escaped via the rear of the automotive, bought to shore and have been alone in a single day for hours earlier than discovering somebody close by at a house in Park Township. Many properties across the lake are vacant within the winter.
The air temperature was within the low 30s.
“I simply noticed just a little face,” Kevin MacLeod mentioned, telling MLive/The Grand Rapids Press how he responded to a knock at his door. “I simply figured they have been in bother.”
The women had stayed on somebody’s porch and waited for daylight, sheriff’s Lt. Eric Westveer mentioned.
“They mentioned they simply huddled collectively via the night time and stored one another heat till they have been capable of finding a residence that had individuals in it,” Westveer mentioned.
The women have been taken to a hospital for statement. The crash stays underneath investigation.
“They’re most likely not going be good for some time,” MacLeod mentioned. “They misplaced their dad final night time. That’s powerful at any age.”