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Bystander Pulls Driver From Water to Save a Life

A Bystander saved the day when a vehicle lost control and entered the canal near the Cardinal Legion. Photo submitted by Mark Allen

TOWNSHIP OF EDWARDSBURGH CARDINAL – On September 20, 2021, at approximately 7:18 p.m., the Grenville County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report that a motor vehicle entered the canal near Legion Way, in the Village of Cardinal.

It was reported that the driver of the vehicle lost control and reversed into the canal. A female bystander who was fishing nearby jumped into action and entered the water to assist the driver. The bystander was able to safely pull the driver out and away from the vehicle as it became submerged.

Upon arrival by police and emergency services, all parties were found to be unharmed. The efforts of the bystander were recognized by all emergency personnel and members of the public that witnessed the event.

The Grenville County OPP contacted the individual, who wishes to remain anonymous, and thanked her again for her lifesaving efforts. Her actions that day likely prevented a tragedy.