A woman whose rescue was filmed after she fell through the ice on a lake in Michigan says she’s been body-shamed since the clip of her saving went viral.
The video of Korissa Miller was posted to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page earlier this week. It was there as a means to warn others about the dangers of ice fishing.
“The young lady is doing better today but wants to remind people to always fish with a partner and make sure you have proper, non-slip, footwear when you walking on any slippery surface,” part of the video’s caption reads. “She is forever grateful to her friend and the fisherman that saved her life. We thank them as well.”
While some commenters applauded the rescue, others chided Miller for her weight.
After the video’s posting, Miller explained that she was out with a friend at Beacon Cove in Harrison Township on Monday when she slipped and fell off the dock into the freezing waters. Her friend heard the fall and saw that Miller was struggling, but was unable to pull her out.
In its Facebook post, the police department said two local fishermen also tried to assist Miller to no avail.
“The young lady’s body had become completely numb and she was unable to move,” the post reads. “Her friend called for help as the fisherman held on to the young lady keeping her from slipping underwater and surely drowning.”
Officials say Miller was in the water for roughly 15 minutes and was drifting in and out of consciousness by the time authorities arrived.
Despite the harrowing situation, Miller says commenters on Facebook attacked her over her weight and what she was wearing.
“I actually had two pairs of pants on and a hoodie and a winter coat,” Miller told ABC News. “They actually kind of floated up and it made me feel like I was sinking and then every time there was a pull, I felt like I was getting choked, so we ripped those off so I could breathe and we could get me out of there.”
Miller also told ABC News she used to weigh 400 pounds. She says people have no idea how hard she’s worked to get to where she is now.
“I want to raise awareness on how dangerous ice fishing can be. I am glad I am alive and share my story,” Miller says.
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