Shelly S. J. Radies attempted to save Eldon D. Radies from suffocation, Glidden, Saskatchewan, August 22, 1998. Eldon, 25, was overcome by fumes while working on a gasoline-fueled pump in a 12-foot-deep cistern on his farm. He fell from a ladder into water more than five feet deep. His wife, Shelly, 22, teacher, saw him fall. She telephoned for help, then returned to the cistern and entered it for her husband. She descended the ladder to the water, where she secured a hold on Eldon to keep his head out of the water while they awaited help. Shelly too was overcome by fumes and fell into the water. Others from the area, including two brothers, responded to the scene. First one, then the other, brother entered the cistern to tie a rope around Shelly, then Eldon. The brothers, with help from others, pulled Shelly, then Eldon, out of the cistern. Shelly was revived, then was hospitalized overnight for observation. She recovered. Eldon could not be revived.
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