An Okanagan lifeguard has been recognized by police for saving the life of a woman two weeks ago.
Police say lifeguard Aiden Godwin was off-duty at Green Bay Bible Camp in West Kelowna when a boat struck a dock at high speed on Okanagan Lake on July 29.
A female was thrown into the water and Godwin jumped into action immediately, swimming to her through debris and leaking boat fuel.
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“The female was found unconscious floating in the water,” West Kelowna RCMP said.
“Aiden brought the female to shore with sheer determination and confidence in her training while supporting her head and neck.”
Police say when the woman was brought ashore, other Good Samaritans, including an EMT in training, helped out.
The woman was placed on a spineboard and Godwin continued to help provide life-saving first aid until paramedics and police arrived.
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According to the RCMP, the woman was taken to a hospital for further medical treatment.
On Thursday, Kelowna RCMP Supt. Kara Triance presented Godwin with a plaque to celebrate his actions.
“Our community is fortunate to have people like Aiden who stand out from the crowd with their courage and bravery,” said Triance. “On behalf of the Kelowna Regional Royal Canadian Mounted Police and your community, thank you, Aiden.”
Police say five other lifeguards and the paramedic trainee (who is employed at the camp) were also recognized for their actions.
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