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Local NHL draft pick saves drowning boy

 

A local Toronto Maple Leaf draft pick is impressing others besides those in the National Hockey League.

Tuesday afternoon, Dennis Robertson, a Fort St. John native drafted 173rd overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs and a group of his Brown College team mates, helped save three young swimmers on a Rhode Island Beach.

During an afternoon in the sand, Robertson, a trained lifeguard and a group of fellow hockey players were alerted to some troubles in the water.

While two of the players helped bring two swimmers to safety from a rip current, Robertson and three other players set out into the water to help a third person caught much farther out.

Robertson and the other players swam approximately 55 meters into the water, proceeding to help a 14 year old boy onto a surfboard. The group then swam to the shore, braving a severe rip current.

The Maple Leaf draft pick spoke to the Provincial Journal about the incident, saying “this went the way it’s supposed to go. Things could have gone a lot worse. These guys helped me out a ton. We were lucky the kid was still conscious. It worked out as good as you could have planned it.”

Thankfully, no injuries were sustained as a result of the incident.
 

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