Garry E. Snelling attempted to save Colin W. Mallett from drowning, Weston, Ontario, March 18, 1969. Colin, 8, who could not swim, was floating on a piece of styrofoam on the Humber River and was carried over a dam. In turbulent water six feet deep at the base of the dam he became caught in the reverse current. Snelling, 18, high school student, ran to the wing of the dam, removed his shoes, and dived into the turbulent area. Before he could reach Colin, Snelling was pulled under by the current. Pieces of ice coming over the dam struck him, and the cold water numbed him. He then lost consciousness and was tossed about in the turbulence. Colin was thrown clear of the Turbulent area and floated downstream to where a 16-year-old youth had taken a stand in wadable water. The youth intercepted Colin and took him to the bank; and then did the same with Snelling, who also had been thrown out of the turbulent water and had revived.
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