After footage of her falling through the ice on a lake in Michigan — the woman decided to speak out addressing comments about her weight after going viral.
In a video to Facebook, Macomb County Sheriff’s Office shared the rescue where it has since garnered over 91,000 views.
Korisa Miller was fishing with her friend on the docks at Lake St. Clair, Michigan on Jan. 27 when she slipped and fell into the lake’s freezing waters.
Her friend attempted to pull her out but was not able to do so. Two nearby fishermen heard Miller screams but had trouble rescuing her too.
Officials report that Miller was in the water for 15 minutes and was drifting in and out of consciousness by the time help arrived.
After the footage went viral, Miller identified herself in the comments of the Facebook post when viewers asked how she ended up in the water and why she was dressed without a coat in the winter.
“It took only a few seconds for the ice to give in because as all of you have been saying I am a thick woman. The spot where I fell in the water was 12 feet deep and I had to hang on to stay alive.”
Miller further explained how she had been wearing a coat and a sweater while fishing but the fishermen had to “rip off” her top layers as it was making it difficult for her to breathe.
“When they tried pulling me up, my hoodie and coat was choking me so they had to rip it off of me. I did not go fishing in a tank top,” she commented.
Later, Miller shared with the Detroit Free Press how despite the traumatizing experience, she was unsure why people decided to focus on her weight.
“After going through such a traumatic experience and I almost died, this is what people have to say. I just think these people have no conscience anymore,” she said. “People have no idea that I used to be 400 pounds and now I am the way I am. I want to raise awareness on how dangerous ice fishing can be. I am glad I am alive and share my story,” Miller added.