John C. Stubner attempted to save Michael J. Deutsch from drowning, North Aurora, Illinois, June 9, 1993. Michael, 16, was rafting on the Fox River when he went over a dam and became caught in the boil of water below the dam. Stubner, 25, project manager, was on a jet ski farther downstream when he was alerted to the situation. Stubner approached the dam on his jet ski and went to Michael but was then thrown into the rough water. He was caught in the boil for about five minutes, then was seen floating face down in water away from the dam. His girlfriend immediately rode a jet ski to him. She turned him over and, aided by others, took him to the bank, where he was revived. Comatose, Stubner required extensive hospitalization and therapy for effects of nearly drowning, including limitation of cognitive skills. Michael drowned; his body was recovered from the river five weeks later.
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