Paul D. Schnabel helped to save Hilda K. Rogoff from drowning, West Palm Beach, Florida, July 3, 1990. Mrs. Rogoff, 65, was the occupant of an automobile that entered Lake Meryl Canal and submerged in murky water about six feet deep. Schnabel, 37, house painter, saw the car submerging and went to the nearer bank of the canal. He immediately entered the canal, swam to where the car had submerged, and dived several times before succeeding in locating and opening a door to the car. He then entered the car, located Mrs. Rogoff, and pulled her from it. With the aid of another man, Schnabel towed Mrs. Rogoff, who was unconscious, to the bank, where she was revived. Mrs. Rogoff was hospitalized 10 days for having nearly drowned, and she recovered; Schnabel experienced nausea from ingestion of canal water, and he too recovered.
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