Ricky William Black helped to save William G. Crothers from drowning, Kingston, Ontario, July 16, 1992. While boating in Kingston Harbor off Lake Ontario, Crothers, 75, was thrown overboard. His boat continued, traveling out of control in circles, and its propellor struck him, cutting his left arm. Sunbathing on shore, Black, 32, observed the situation. Although he suffered from a condition that progressively weakened his muscles, Black dived, without hesitation, into the lake and swam about 300 feet to Crothers. Two men aboard another boat nearby had also seen Crothers, andthey too responded to the scene, where they threw a flotation cushion to him. With Black pushing on him from in the water, Crothers was pulled into the boat by the two men. Black was then aided into the boat. Crothers and Black were taken to shore, where Crothers received hospital treatment for his cut; he recovered. Black, cold and nearly exhausted, recovered after resting.
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