Rodney Paul Shunta saved Jennifer J. Campbell from drowning, Muskegon, Michigan, August 24, 2003. Ms. Campbell, 20, was swimming in Lake Michigan when she found herself far from shore in water over her depth. She struggled to return against a strong undertow and to stay afloat in the rough water. It was dusk. Shunta, 38, water plant operator, was walking atop a break wall that extended several hundred feet from shore into the lake when he saw Ms. Campbell about 100 feet off to the side. He removed his shoes and shirt, entered the water, and swam to Ms. Campbell, who was about 600 feet from shore. After they rested a bit, Ms. Campbell held to Shunta while they swam toward shore, Shunta having decided against returning to the wall because of waves breaking there. Once they were able to stand, Shunta walked Ms. Campbell out of the water. Ms. Campbell was treated by paramedics at the scene, then went to the hospital for observation, but she was not injured. Shunta was tired after the rescue but recovered the next day.
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