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June 13, 2011 – Comments (4)

Our community almost lost another to the river this weekend.

I have written about our amazing river a few times, like when the ice broke the first year I was here, and how quickly the ice cleared.

I wrote about it flooding our community.

I also wrote about how one of our graduates last year lost his dad less then two weeks before grad, and when I wrote about it his body still had not been found.  It was found 2 days after grad.

Well, one of my students was a true hero this weekend.  The boat he was in hit something where he and his mother hung on but his father was tossed overboard.  He was going to jump in, but his mother wouldn't let him, so he got the boat started again, and apparently it seemed to take forever, "like 2 minute," and he got the boat turned around and found his father in the river and pulled him to safety.

The story was told to me by his sister, who graduated this week.  She said he was still too shaken up to come to school today, the whole family is very shaken up by the event.  He's a grade 9 student and thank goodness his physical size grew a lot this year because I imagine pulling someone from the water requires good physical strength.

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#1) On June 13, 2011 at 2:38 PM, dwot (39.29) wrote:

One of this boy's other sister is one of the students that the generous support of CAPS members allowed me to take to Vancouver for spring break 2 years ago.  So many of you have already touched this family.

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#2) On June 13, 2011 at 2:47 PM, PhulishMortal (< 20) wrote:

Kudos to the kid for bravery and for coolness under pressure.  May those traits serve him well all his life. 

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#3) On June 13, 2011 at 3:05 PM, L0RDZ (79.12) wrote:

I'm sure he doesn't consider himself a hero,  he just did what he had to do.  Luckily  he didn't jump in but stayed in the boat,  got it started and  managed to get the boat to his father and  pull him out of the water.

I'm sure this years fathers day will be most special.

Rivers are no joke, even the best swimmers can drown quickly.

 

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#4) On June 13, 2011 at 5:55 PM, Teacherman1 (41.39) wrote:

Good to hear something upbeat on a down day.

Thanks dwot.

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