Daniel R. Paulson helped to save a woman from drowning, Port Washington, Wisconsin, February 2, 1999. In a suicide attempt, a 71-year-old woman jumped, fully clothed, from atop a seawall into a slip of a harbor off Lake Michigan. Alerted to the situation by others, Paulson, 30, tile setter, who was fishing nearby, went to the scene. The woman was floating face down and inert in about 10 feet of water, at a point about 25 feet from the wall. Despite the air temperature near freezing, Paulson, removing only his jacket and leaving his boots on, jumped feet first into the frigid water of the slip and swam to the woman. Securing a hold on her to keep her head out of the water, he towed her back to the seawall, the top of which was about six feet above the water. From atop the seawall, another man reached down and pulled the woman up as Paulson lifted her. Paulson then swam 30 feet to a ladder on the seawall and climbed out of the slip. The woman survived and was hospitalized. Paulson was cold, and he suffered sore muscles; he recovered.
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