Karen Hohl attempted to help save Brian L. Burdick from drowning, Sawyer, Michigan, September 22, 1990. Burdick, 31, shouted for help after his kayak overturned in Lake Michigan at a point about 300 feet from shore. Gale-force winds were blowing, and water conditions included high waves and a very strong undertow. On shore, Miss Hohl, 25, financial analyst, and some friends saw Burdick’s plight. Despite the rough conditions, she and a male friend joined hands and entered the lake to attempt a rescue. They were separated shortly and carried out far into the lake by the current. Miss Hohl’s friend submerged and drowned. Tiring, Miss Hohl ceased struggling and was ultimately washed to wadable water, from which she was aided to shore. She required hospital treatment for having nearly drowned, and she missed several days’ work; she fully recovered. Burdick was saved by another man.
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