Donald Mackenzie saved Karl J. McNish from drowning, Winfield, British Columbia, May 9, 1991. McNish, 19, and a friend were canoeing on Wood Lake when their canoe sank in deep water about 2,000 feet from the west bank. Although the friend reached the bank safely, McNish was soon immobilized by the cold water, and he shouted for help. Mackenzie, 50, high school teacher, was driving along the west bank when he saw the canoe sink. Realizing that McNish was in trouble, he disrobed partially, entered the water and swam to McNish. Establishing a hold on him, Mackenzie towed McNish to the bank over the course of 20 minutes. McNish required hospital treatment for hypothermia, and he recovered. Mackenzie too suffered from exposure to the cold water, and he also recovered.
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