Good News: 12 Year Old Named Hero After Boat Rescue

A 12-year-old girl is being called a hero after she directed rescuers to a stranded boat with 15 people on board. Amanda Galindo, 12, was boating with her parents and their friends on Michigan’s Grand River July 4 when they got lost in the dark after watching fireworks. The boat ran out of gas and became grounded in the river’s Lloyd’s Bayou, about five miles from Lake Michigan. Amanda used a cellphone to call for help and rescuers were finally able to locate the stranded boat, which had been out on the water since 5 p.m. Friday. The boat had become so tangled in tree root, however, that it could not be reached by a regular tow boat. U.S. Coast Guard officials were called in and used an inflatable ice skiff to pull passengers to safety. Three hours after Amanda’s first call, the passengers, all uninjured, were pulled off the boat three at a time. Click here to read more about this young girl’s heroic actions!