Tuesday, May 29, 2007
A Westporter was involved in a Florida ocean rescue where one man died, the Palm Beach Daily News reported today.
Lee Cooper: Westporter is hero in Florida rescue. Contributed photo
Lee Cooper, 44, of Michele Lane, was among those who helped rescue a 12-year-old Miami girl in the Atlantic Ocean off of Palm Beach Sunday afternoon.
Two men had entered the water before Cooper, according to the newspaper report, and he then entered the water to save the two men who had gone to save the girl.
He pulled one of the men from the water, the report said, but the second man was pulled from the water unconscious and could not be revived by lifeguards.
The Palm Beach Post said Cooper, an executive with General Electric corporate finance and father of six, was reading a magazine when he ran out in response to the screams. He was a high school swimmer, the Post said.
He didn’t see anyone, but he swam until he found the man and girl. Cooper tried, but he couldn’t pull them both, the newspaper said.
“I had to break him off. I said, ‘I’m coming back, I’m coming back,’” Cooper said, according to the Post.
Cooper swam off with the girl and by the time the girl was safe on shore, Cooper was exhausted, according to the newspaper.
“My husband was bent over, he couldn’t breathe,” Kim Cooper said, according to the Post.
He told her he had to go back and this time rescued one of the would-be rescuers.
Cooper went in a third time, but other people already helped yet another potential rescuer who had almost drowned, the Post said.
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