Hero OPP Officer Saves Elderly Man With Alzheimer's From Drowning In Rice Lake

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Northumberland OPP Constable Phil Clarke is a hero after rescuing an elderly man with Alzheimer's who almost drowned in Rice Lake last night.

It started when a missing person’s report came in to police around 2 a.m. from a  woman who noticed her husband was missing.

Police searched the surrounding area, and it was Constable Clarke who located the male struggling in the cold dark open waters off a dock area at the end of County Road 18.

Constable Clarke grabbed a flotation device, swam a distance in 5 degree waters and retrieved the man, who lost conciousness almost immediately after the rescue. The man was then taken by ambulance to hosital for treatment and further medical care.

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