Surfer Rescues Man and Dog From Choppy Lake Superior

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A Minneapolis man who was riding the rough waters of Lake Superior aided save a man who was battling in the water while attempting to save a canine.

Darby Voeks, 26, was going to hop off the wharf at Park Point in Duluth on Wednesday to get one final wave when a lady in a wheelchair moved up and said she required assistance since her 29-year-old helper had gone into the water to save her canine. Voeks, who was in a wetsuit, dropped his surfboard and hopped in.

Voeks said the waves were outrageous and the man was depleted. He pulled the man near the wharf stepping stool, yet the man couldn’t pull himself up, so Voeks snatched a daily existence ring on the dock to pull him in.

At that point Voeks pursued the canine, the Star Tribune detailed.

“The canine’s intuition should have completely kicked in. It sat on my legs as I attempted to pull myself up and as we got up the concrete divider there was Coast Guard and local group of fire-fighters going around,” he said. “It’s totally dreamlike, it actually feels strange.”

The saved man was treated at the scene for conceivable hypothermia.

Duluth Police Lt. Robin Roeser said Voeks will be granted the division’s uncommon Police Partnership Award.

“You put yourself in danger to help another person,” Roeser said. “I don’t have the foggiest idea how we didn’t lose someone or lose a canine.”

Voeks, overseer of local area outreach for Richfield Young Life and Hope Church close to Minneapolis, said he was happy he chosen to follow one more wave.

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