GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) - Normally, the Grand Haven pier is a safe place to walk, fish, or enjoy the view, but when the wind picks up it can be very dangerous.
Last week a mother was walking with her child when a wave crashed into the pier, causing the child to fall into the water. The mother then jumped in after her child. In this case, the child and mother were rescued.
The pier has had its share of tragedy, though. A sign at the entrance memorializes two teens killed after going out on the pier in rough weather.
Police say that they are frequently called out to the pier, but despite that, the pier is rarely closed for conditions.
Officer Clinton Holt is a public safety officer for Grand Haven.
"I have been with the city for over 21 years, and I can only remember on two occasions that we have ever physically closed the pier," he said.