Corey James Rogers saved Melissa Richard from drowning, Houma, Louisiana, June 22, 1993. Ms. Richard, 19, was driving an automobile when it left the highway, overturned, and entered Bayou Terrebonne. The car, upside down, began to sink with Ms. Richard, unconscious, inside. From the opposite bank, Corey, 16, high school student, saw the accident. He immediately removed his outer attire, entered the bayou, and swam to the car, only the undercarriage of which remained above water. Corey submerged to open the car’s passenger door, then he partially entered the car. Unable to locate anyone in the front of the car, Corey entered the car fully, then groped in the back-seat area and found Ms. Richard. He pulled her to him, then maneuvered backward out of the car and surfaced with her. He swam and waded to the closer bank of the bayou, towing Ms. Richard. Out of the water, Ms. Richard revived, then was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident. Corey recovered from bruises and cuts.
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