Richard S. Cameron helped to save Ray J. Davis from drowning, East Naples, Florida, July 3, 2008. Davis, 55, was the driver of a sport utility vehicle that left the roadway, entered a golf course lake, and began to submerge, upright, in water about 25 feet deep. Approaching the scene in his vehicle, Cameron, 36, construction worker, witnessed the accident. He parked and ran to the lake, removing his shirt and shoes. With the vehicle then about 25 feet from the bank, Cameron swam to it, joining another motorist who had swum out. Cameron extended his upper body through the window of the driver’s door, grasped Davis under the arms, and pulled on him as the other man, from inside the car, pushed. They struggled, as Davis’s leg was caught on the steering wheel. Davis became free as the vehicle submerged. Cameron took him to the surface and swam to the bank with him as the other man climbed from the car and surfaced. He too swam to the bank. Davis required a month’s hospitalization.
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