Heroic bystander saves woman from watery peril in Courtenay River

Bystander Lee Murray dived into the Courtenay River on July 23 to rescue a woman whose tube had collided with a log and flipped.

  • Jul. 24, 2013 2:00 p.m.

Bystander Lee Murray dived into the Courtenay River on July 23 to rescue a woman whose tube had collided with a log and flipped.

At about 4 p.m., a 60-year-old woman and her friend were tubing on the river near Lewis Park.

The woman’s tube had collided with a log and flipped over, causing the woman to enter the water. The woman’s friend was yelling that she did not know how to swim.

Murray dove into the water from the Lewis Park side of the river and swan to their location. Murray then dove under water and located the woman, who was being held under the water by a rope that had become tangled around her neck and in the rocks on the river bottom.

He was able to get the woman to the surface and eventually to the shore, where he assisted in first aid until the ambulance arrived and took over. The woman was transported to St. Joseph’s hospital and then airlifted to Victoria General Hospital due to the seriousness of her condition.

Inquiries with the intensive care unit of Victoria General Hospital show that the woman is in stable condition and the staff hope for a positive recovery.

— Comox Valley RCMP

 

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