A St. John woman saved her
husband’s life on Friday, after the non-swimmer’s boat overturned while he
was fishing on Mirror Lake, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources
According to the DNR, on
Friday evening William Heidenreich, 67, was turning his boat around to row
to shore when it overturned. Heidenreich’s wife of more than 45 years,
Roberta, saw him go in and, knowing him to be a non-swimmer, grabbed a life
vest and Type IV U.S. Coast Guard-approved seat cushion, jumped into the
water herself, and dog-paddled the 100 yards to her husband, an arm through
each flotation device.
Heidenreich, who’d already
gone under twice, was about to go under a third time when his wife reached
him and handed him a floatation device, the DNR said.
Then, acting quickly,
Orange Township firefighter Ty Conley rowed a nearby boat to rescue the
couple and tow them back to safety at the shore.
Although shaken, neither
Heidenreich was injured, the DNR said. Indiana Conservation Officer Rod
Clear is investigating the incident.
decisive and brave actions of Roberta Heidenreich saved her husband's life,”
the DNR said. “The rapid response and rescue by firefighter Ty Conley saved
the exhausted Heidenreich couple. This chain of events exhibits the
importance of awareness while recreating on our lakes as well as the
necessity of personal floatation devices.”