Boater helps rescue toddler stranded on inflatable duck

A boater came to the aid of a toddler who had drifted out on an inflatable yellow duck on Lake Michigan in Indiana.
2:07 | 07/17/19

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Want to show you that scary moment now where a toddler was trapped on an inflatable raft that started to drift away. Thankfully a paddleboarder came to save the day. Reporter: This is a cautionary tale for all parents headed to the beach with young children especially if those kids are not strong swimmers. An Indiana mother helpless as her child drifted into the deep on an inflatable duck. In Michigan city, Indiana, a heart-stopping moment. A woman had two kids on an inflatable duck. One fell off and she grabbed them but the other still on the duck drifted out of her reach, farther and farther from shore. She was doing a great job by being hands on supervision but one adult with two childrens and offshore wind and this flotation device that was floating pretty quick. Reporter: The mother shouted for help. Other beachgoers leapt into action. That man on the paddleboard raced toward the toddler then the duck flipped over. Eventually a motorboat came to the rescue. The winds can blow this duck far off shore pretty quick faster than you can swim after Reporter: It's happened before. Earlier this year 8-year-old Declan o'connor was dragged out into an Ohio lake on an inflatable unicorn. I was really scared and thinking like I might die. Reporter: On the coast there have been multiple incidents with inflatable swans including two 5-year-old girls pulled out to sea and a mother and son snatched by a riptide. Let me put it this way, the dolphins are closer to the shore than they are. Reporter: They spent half an hour out to sea before rescuers final hi arrived. I started to freak out like maybe we'll never make it back. We're goners. Bottom line, the advice is don't use flotation devices that are not coast guard approved on open water. There is a real danger that you could be dragged out into the Can't blame them for freaking out. No. I'd freak out too. Those flotation devices are much better in the pool. I couldn't agree more.

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