MICHIGAN CITY — Michigan City is known for its lighthouse
But its pier can be dangerous.
The city installed life rings just last year in hopes they would save a life.
Just last week they saved two.
An off-duty lifeguard and an EMT used these life rings to save two young girls that had slipped into the water.
The life rings are just the start.
The rings were installed with a grant from archelormittal.
Now the city is spending its own money to install cameras.
The cameras along the pier will activate when a life ring is opened.
911 can then access the cameras to give information to first responders.
The cost is around $200,000
Parks superintendent Jeremy Kienitz says it is worth every penny.
“The way I look at it is if we’re able to put in safety measures and procedures and protocols in place down at Washington Park and along the pier here, that if one is saved it’s done it’s job and it’s worth the investment,” said Kienitz.
The cameras should be installed within the next couple of weeks.
They will also help with catch vandals.
Last year someone opened every life ring and threw them all into the lake.