Christine A. Provencal saved Marie A. Lamour from drowning, Providence, Rhode Island, December 9, 2003. Lamour, 53, a nonswimmer, bobbed in the frigid water of the Providence River after escaping her vehicle, which had slid off the highway due to wintry conditions and entered the river. Provencal, 40, registered nurse, was driving on the highway and stopped at the scene, where she was alerted to the situation. Provencal left her vehicle and descended to the riverbank, where she removed her jacket and shoes. Although the air temperature was only in the 20s, Provencal entered the water and swam about 30 feet to Lamour. She grasped Lamour by her jacket and swam back to the bank, where others assisted them from the water. Both women were taken to the hospital, where they were treated for hypothermia. They recovered.
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