Clement D. Paul saved Trevor R. Teed from drowning, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, November 11, 1990. Teed, 34, and another man, members of a hunting party, were crossing frozen Harding Lake, in temperatures well below zero, when their snowmobile broke through thin ice about 3,000 feet froms hore. Another member of their party, Paul, 33, welder, was alerted to their plight and responded to a point on thick ice near the scene in his snowmobile, which towed a small fiberglass sleigh. Using the bouyant sleigh as a boat, but having no paddle other than a gun case, Paul maneuvered slowly over the course of several hundred feet toward the men, taking the unstable craft through the path of cracked and broken ice created by their snowmobile. As Paul approached, often immersing his hands in the frigid water as he broke ice that was in his way, the other man submerged and drowned. Paul reached Teed and, after the sleigh nearly tipped over, tied him to it. He then, with the difficulty of Teed’s added weight, paddled the sleigh back through the path to the thicker ice, towing Teed. Another man pulled the sleigh from the open water with a snowmobile and towed it to a lodge, where Teed was warmed. He was taken to the hospital and treated for hypothermia; released the next day, he recovered.
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