Father and son pull man from water at Quarry Lake Park in Mount Pleasant: “Praying he makes it”

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MOUNT PLEASANT -- A 23-year-old man was pulled from the water at Quarry Lake Park in Mount Pleasant in Racine County Saturday, August 5th by good Samaritans -- and taken to the hospital, where he is in critical condition.

It happened around 4:30 p.m.

According to the Racine County Sheriff's Office, a 911 call came in regarding a man in the water at Quarry Lake Park, struggling to keep his head above water -- screaming. The caller indicated they thought the victim may have been stuck on something under the water.

The Racine County Sheriff’s Office, the City of Racine Police Department, and the City of Racine Fire Department - Rescue - Dive Team, and South Shore Fire and Rescue all responded immediately.

A good Samaritan entered the water and pulled the victim out -- starting CPR on the victim along with a police officer.

The victim was taken to the hospital from the scene, and then transported to Froedtert Hospital via Flight for Life.

A good Samaritan also had to be taken to the hospital after he became snagged on a four-inch fishing lure with treble hooks on either side that dug into his arm and had to be medically removed.

Sheriff's officials said it appears that's what the victim was caught up in.

Quarry Lake Park in Mount Pleasant

Two men who helped with the rescue said their instincts kicked in when they heard screams for help.

Michael Hackman

"I thought that it sounded like 'help!'" Michael Hackman said.

A picnic at Quarry Lake Park was interrupted by screams coming from the water. Michael Hackman and his father, Gregory rushed into the water as the man struggled to stay afloat.

"I said 'let's start moving him to the shore,'" Michael Hackman said.

Gregory Hackman

The father and son, along with two others, pulled the man to dry land.

"We were able to get him to the beach, at which time my daughter-in-law started CPR on him," Gregory Hackman said.

They worked to get the man breathing until paramedics arrived.

"We just kept pumping on his chest and doing the best we could to try and save him," Michael Hackman said.

"We're certainly praying that this guy makes it and it was a blessing to be able to be here today to help," Gregory Hackman said.

Quarry Lake Park in Mount Pleasant

This father and son said they were happy to be in the right place at the right time. They said they're hopeful the man they didn't know before Saturday is able to pull through.

"I don't feel like I'm a hero. I just did what I could to try and help somebody that needed help," Michael Hackman said.

Quarry Lake Park in Mount Pleasant

An investigation is underway.

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