A Terrible Accident

Bridgewater Bulletin, March 30, 1920.

A deed worthy of recognition by the Humane Society was enacted here Saturday, while several persons were enjoying themselves ice boating on the harbour. Guy Joudrey, of Mader’s Cove, being unaware of the weakness of the ice on the inner edge, was seen by Murray Ernst approaching, what he, Ernst, knew to be a dangerous locality, a few hundred feet off Ernst’s shipyard. He gave chase to Joudrey, shouting and gesticulating, but Joudrey, being of the opinion that a race was on, kept to his course. The shoutings of the shipyard men tended to excite him, and a few seconds later his boat went through, precipitating him into the icy waters.

Ernst arrived a few seconds later, tacked his boat, lowered the sail, and unreafing his halyards, threw the line to Joudrey, whose struggles to get out, caused the ice to continually break under him. The shipyard men endeavored to reach him with planks, but failing, owing to their heavy weight, secured a dory and pushing it ahead of them succeded in effecting a rescue, but none too soon, for with a firm grip of the line, he had lapsed into unconsciousness. He was taken into Ernst’ s store, restoratives used and ultimately brought around. His legs and face were cut by coming in contact with the sharp edges of the ice. Had it not been for Ernst’s presence of mind and quick action, Joudrey would have drowned before aid would have reached him from shore. He was in an extremely dangerous position himself but being light in weight and clear headed he successfully saved a valued life. He is a son of Willis A. Ernst, of Ernst’s Ltd. Both boys are twenty years of age.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

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