Robert Stephen Grant helped to rescue Sally C. Irwin, Yvonne Kason, and Gerald J. Krushenski from exposure, Kenora, Ontario, March 28, 1979. When an airplane piloted by Krushenski, 30, broke through ice on the Lake of the Woods, he and Miss Kason, 35, managed to swim to the bank; but Mrs. Irwin, 44, who could not swim, clung to the ice in deep water. In very adverse flying conditions, Grant, 36, pilot, arrived in a helicopter piloted by another man, who lowered the aircraft above Mrs. Irwin. From a position on one of the skids, Grant secured a hold on Mrs. Irwin but found she was already too stiff to be put into the helicopter. Grant held Mrs. Irwin on the skid as the other man piloted the helicopter to a hospital. With no improvement in conditions, Grant and the other man returned to the scene, took Miss Kason and Krushenski aboard, and transported them to the hospital.
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