Taylor Rod White saved a 22-year-old woman from drowning, New Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador, June 24, 2017. The woman was in a vehicle that traveled off a road and into a bay of the Atlantic Ocean near a dock. The vehicle floated away from shore and began to submerge as the woman, unconscious, floated near the car on her back. White, 21, crane operator, who was nearby, saw the woman’s vehicle enter the water. White responded to the dock where he removed his shoes and socks and, despite heavy rain and winds, entered the 42-degree water. White swam about 80 feet to the woman, grasped her and, with the woman in tow, swam back toward the dock. White struggled in the cold water but persisted in towing her, keeping her afloat, and her head above water as she regained consciousness. Ultimately he reached the dock with her, where others pulled her to safety. White was also assisted from the water. White was cold after the rescue, but he recovered.
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