Lori Michelle Abbott saved a boy from drowning, Lumsden, Saskatchewan, April 4, 2004. An 11-year-old boy fell through breaking ice on the Qu’Appelle River and, unable to climb from the water, shouted for help. Driving nearby, Abbott, 26, contract service provider, was alerted to the situation. When she responded to the riverbank, the boy told her he could no longer feel his feet and legs and that he was slipping from the ice. As the boy was closer to the opposite bank, Abbott crossed a nearby bridge to that bank, then removed her sweater and shoes. She entered the frigid water, which was over her depth, and swam to the ice sheet to which the boy was clinging. Raising herself onto the ice, Abbott crawled to the boy, then grasped him by an arm and pulled him from the water. Abbott and the boy crawled across the ice, re-entered the water, and swam to the closer bank. Others there assisted them from the river. The boy sustained mild hypothermia and scratches, and he recovered. Abbott sustained lacerations and contusions but did not require medical treatment. She recovered in a week.
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