Richard Hebert died attempting to save Susan J. Newman from drowning, Scarborough, Ontario, September 3, 1997. Ms. Newman, 37, and her friend, Hebert, 43, freight car repairman, were two of four crewmembers aboard a 27-foot sailing sloop on Lake Ontario during a sailboat race that lasted beyond dusk. When the boat was about three miles from shore, its boom swung suddenly, throwing Ms. Newman into the water. Hebert, then operating the boat, immediately dived head first into the water after her. He swam to Ms. Newman and supported her as the other members of the crew positioned the craft to effect a rescue. They threw a life ring to Hebert and Ms. Newman, but it fell beyond their grasp. While the crew again positioned the boat for another attempt, Hebert and Ms. Newman submerged. Their bodies were recovered six days later, they having drowned.
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