Stanley E. Bizek saved Benjamin C. Lowes from drowning, Grand Marais, Michigan, September 22, 1992. Benjamin, 16, and two friends went to the north end of a breakwall that extended into Lake Superior from its south shore. As winds were strong, the lake was extremely rough, and high waves broke over the wall. The youths were returning to shore when a wave washed them off the breakwall and into the rough, cold water of the lake. Bizek, 24, was on shore watching the youths and saw them enter the lake. He immediately went 800 feet onto the breakwall to a point opposite Benjamin, then partially disrobed and jumped into the water. He swam to Benjamin, secured a hold on him, and returned him to the breakwall, then aided him out of the water. They returned to shore, where Benjamin, who had sustained a cut to one elbow, was taken to the hospital for observation. He recovered. The bodies of his friends were removed from the lake days later.
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