R. Stephen Collins saved a woman from drowning, Toronto, Ontario, July 26, 1983. While in a car traveling on the Leslie Street Spit, Collins, 33, salesman, saw a man and woman struggle aboard a moving motorboat several hundred feet out into Lake Ontario. After the woman was thrown overboard, she started to swim toward the spit, but she panicked in the deep, cold water and could swim no farther. Collins, hearing her screams for help, dived into the lake, swam about 300 feet to the woman, and calmed her. Hindered by an undertow, swells, and the water’s chill, Collins swam back to the spit with one arm while he held the woman with the other.
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