Award honors man who saved woman in Colo. River
September 29, 2009
Former part-time Summit County resident Drew Nelson was recently honored with a Carnegie Hero award for his role saving a woman’s live on the Colorado River near Dotsero in July, 2008. Nelson, whose brother, Jay, lives in Breckenridge, was fishing on the bank July 14 and saw Josephine Harrison approaching in the water, separated from her tube. According to the Carnegie website, he entered the water for her, directed his course to intercept her downstream, and bounced off the river’s bed until he was in water over his depth. He then swam to the point at which he intercepted Harrison. Securing a hold of her, Nelson swam to the opposite bank and was aided from the river by others. Harrison required hospital treatment, and she recovered.
Doctors told Harrison she was inches from death when she arrived at the hospital because she had water in her lungs and her body’s temperature had dropped so low from hypothermia.
The Carnegie Medal is given to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.