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.