Andrew Mark Gibbons rescued Stark L. Humphreys from being struck by a boat, Ishpeming, Michigan, July 30, 1997. Humphreys, 52, was fishing on Chabeneau Lake when his rowboat was struck by a motorboat, which then circled out of control and struck the rowboat again. Injured, Humphreys was thrown into the water, where he was struck at least once more by the runaway motorboat in its course of counterclockwise circles. He sustained deep cuts and other injury. Meanwhile, Gibbons, 40, manager of an outdoors club in the vicinity, had been alerted to the accident. He immediately boarded a rowboat and took it about 450 feet to Humphreys as the motorboat, continuing to circle out of control, shifted its course closer to Humphreys. Gibbons reached Humphreys and positioned him along the side of the rowboat, the motorboat passing within six feet. Gibbons rowed to the nearest dock, about 300 feet away, where he removed Humphreys from the water. The motorboat’s course was such that it threatened to crash into the dock. Gibbons threw a rope into the water, which became entangled in the motorboat’s propeller and caused the boat to stall. Humphreys was hospitalized for severe injury.
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