Heroic teen honoured for saving drowning woman
Coady MacDougall rescued a woman who fell into the chilly waters of the Northumberland Strait
A Charlottetown teen is being honoured for his bravery this weekend after saving the life of a woman back in 2012.
Coady MacDougall was 15 years old in October 2012 when he jumped from the wharf at Nine Mile Creek to rescue a woman who had fallen into the cold waters of the Northumberland Strait.
Luckily, MacDougall had been fishing for mackerel nearby when he saw a man leaning over the wharf, struggling to reach his wife — who couldn’t swim very well.
The woman had fallen into the water between a boat and the wharf.
MacDougall first tossed her a life ring but she wasn’t able to hold on and started to slip below the surface — that’s when MacDougall jumped in.
He was eventually able to pull her to safety at a nearby boat ramp.
MacDougall will receive the Red Cross Rescuer Award at a ceremony Saturday morning at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel.
The Canadian Red Cross Rescuer Award honours non-professional rescuers or off-duty first responders who voluntarily take steps that save a life, prevent further injury or comfort the injured.