Former franklin river guide bravery award kayaker rescue rescued from sinking car after rescue from a boat sank at sea
A kayaker who rescued a kayak from a submerged car on a lake on Long Island’s Franklins River was awarded an impressive bravery award.
Curtis Williams, 42, from Long Island, said he had paddled out to search for the paddle, which was submerged in the water while crossing the creek.
But when he returned to the boat, he found the paddle was gone and it was “wiping away in waves”.
After being carried to safety, Mr Williams said his initial reaction was horror.
“It’s such a tragedy that I am in this situation right now,” he said.
“I was hoping I could just hold onto the paddle but I couldn’t. I was so worried.
“I was hoping that I could grab onto a person because I was scared.
“It’s an incredibly important event in the lives of everyone on Long Island and I am so glad to have helped save someone’s life.”
The kayaker said he had not realised at first how fast the car’s steering wheel had submerged before he reached the shore.
“Then my adrenaline kicked in and I went to the front and pulled out, grabbing onto the steering wheel at least,” he said.
“I saw it and knew they were gone.”
Mr Williams made a quick decision to help the man who had been rescued, he said.
“I got to him very quickly and just said, ‘I want your paddle back’.
“Then I said, ‘Please hold on. Just hold on,’ then I asked him if he had ever seen a kayak before,” he said.
He was able to hold onto it for around five seconds before it turned in the boat’s path and sank.
The rescuer had a shock of hair on his head, Mr Williams said.
But he described Mr Williams as a hero because he had done something that others would h예스 카지노ave failed to do.
Mr Williams won the bravery award at a press conference organised by the American Red Cross in New York.
He went on to say: “To people who think I’m bragging, you’re very right, my paddle saved someone’s life, that is probably the most amazing thing that happened.”