I have always thought my daughter Haley to be special. She truly represents a Girl Guide: she always does the right thing, and last weekend she proved to me how special she is. Below is the story as it was told by the victim that Haley helped save. It was originally published in the Sarnia Observer July 4.
By guest blogger Stephanie Haley-Saunders
Thanks to rescuers on Lake Huron.
Sir: On Sunday June 30, my family and I were enjoying a windy afternoon at my brother’s cottage at Blue Point.
Although the lake was rough, a few of us took his Sea-Doo out for a ride. Right before we were going to bring it out of the water, I decided to go out for one last ride, solo. I wasn’t going particularly fast but I hit a wave the wrong way and was thrown from the Sea-Doo.
After about 15 minutes of frantic swimming, I was exhausted and further out in the lake and further still from the Sea-Doo. I was completely exhausted and swallowed too much of the lake. A man and his young daughter came along on a jetski and rescued me.
This girl couldn’t have been more than 8 or 10 and she drove the jetski back to shore while her dad (I’m assuming) lay in the rubber tube they were pulling, holding on to me so I wouldn’t slip back into the water. I didn’t get your names and I didn’t have a chance to say a heartfelt thank you for saving me.
I ended up in Sarnia at the hospital and within two minutes of arriving I was hooked up to every machine they had in the place. I was sent for two lung x-rays, a CT scan, blood work, etc.
I had a small concussion but I’m fine now. The staff at the ER department were excellent. Thank you to my heroes in Sarnia. Sometimes heroes come in the forms of nurses and doctors and sometimes in the forms of big dads and their little girls. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Dave McKerlie, Mt. Brydges, ON
Click on image or link below to view the CTV London News clip about the story.