John W. Faux attempted to save W. Craig Still from drowning, Selkirk, Manitoba, April 11, 1969. At the Red River, where the ice was breaking up, Craig, 13, stepped onto a cake of ice at the bank and was carried toward midstream in an area of open water. Faux, 26, police constable, saw Craig 100 feet from the bank and being carried toward an ice jam which extended across the river. With the aid of another constable, Faux connected two 40-foot lengths of pipe and pushed them out onto the ice jam. He then made his way to the end of the pipe, planning to intercept Craig when he was carried to the ice jam. The pipe sections came apart. In water 25 feet deep, Faux climbed onto a telephone pole amid the shifting ice chunks. Meanwhile the ice cake on which Craig was drifting reached the ice jam. Craig stepped onto the ice jam and made his way to the bank. Men arrived with a boat, which was used to remove Faux to the bank.
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