Richard C. Maindelle died attempting to save Bhavani V. Mani from drowning, Jonesboro, Georgia, February 14, 2001. Ms. Mani, 42, struggled to stay afloat in the cold, murky water of a golf course pond after escaping from a car that had entered the pond and began to submerge. Maindelle, 57, retired military officer, was golfing nearby when he became aware of the accident. He responded to the scene and, removing his shoes, entered the pond and swam about 30 feet to Ms. Mani. A struggle ensued, during which Maindelle submerged in the 10-foot-deep water. He did not resurface. Another man entered the pond and swam to Ms. Mani, who had lost consciousness and was floating face down. He returned to the bank with Ms. Mani, who was then taken to the hospital for treatment. Rescue divers entered the pond in a boat and recovered Maindelle. He too was taken to the hospital, but he could not be revived and was pronounced dead of drowning.
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