Witness To Kenosha Drowning Wants To Prevent Further Tragedies

Andy Dahn
September 16, 2018 - 1:57 pm
Kenosha Pier

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) --After witnessing a tragic death in Kenosha earlier this month, a North Aurora woman is on a mission: to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Marlene Tare, her brother and sister-in-law stopped by Kenosha Harbor back on September 6th.

"There was a young man who was shirtless," Tare told WBBM. "There was also a young girl. The two of them held hands and jumped in the water. We didn't think anything of it. The waters were a bit choppy so we were concerned."

Those choppy waters got a hold of Donovan Anderson. The 17-year-old began to struggle and police were called.

"We were watching as a police officer came running down the pier, but he didn't have anything in his hands."

With no floatation devices nearby, Anderson drowned.

As a mother herself, Tare said a parent should never suffer the loss of a child like that, and that's why she plans to donate 10 flotation rings to the Kenosha Police Department.

"I witnessed a police officer watch a boy drown," she said. "He had enough time, in my opinion, to throw him something that may have saved his life."

As of Friday night, the department had not responded to her request to donate the devices.