Robert J. Collette helped to save Teresa L., Corry P., and April D. McGuire from drowning, Riverview, New Brunswick, April 25, 1981. Teresa, 1, Corry, 10, and April, 8, wandered into the tidal basin of the Petitcodiac River unaware of the danger of the approaching tidal bore from the Bay of Fundy. Far out into the basin on the mud flat flanking the river, Teresa and Corry became mired in deep muck and were unable to extricate themselves. April was unable to escape because of encroaching tide water. Collette., 32, graphic artist, saw the children from his yard, which overlooked the basin. Despite the thick muck and several deep ravines filling with tidal water between himself and the children, Collette went to them and, with help from two other men, pulled Teresa and Corry free. As tidal water approached to within several feet of them, Collette and the other men carried the children on their backs to safety. Within minutes, the area where the children had been was under water.
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