Boy, grandma honored for saving kayaker

Monday, 05 May 2008
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Here is a little feel-good story to brighten up your Monday morning. It's a follow-up to a rescue story posted a couple of weeks ago here on the blog:

When looking out the window of his grandmother condo building, Four-year-old Carter Louisell from Michigan knew that the man floating in the water should have been in his kayak so he went to find his grandmother, Joan Van Zee for help.

Joan then went out in her own kayak to save the man and his dog.

Now, the Kent County Sheriff's Department is honouring both Carter and Joan with life-saving awards...

Here is a little feel-good story to brighten up your Monday morning. It's a follow-up to a rescue story posted a couple of weeks ago here on the blog:

When looking out the window of his grandmother condo building, Four-year-old Carter Louisell from Michigan knew that the man floating in the water should have been in his kayak so he went to find his grandmother, Joan Van Zee for help.

Joan then went out in her own kayak to save the man and his dog.

Now, the Kent County Sheriff's Department is honouring both Carter and Joan with life-saving awards.

Carter's mother, Kara Louisell, said her son barely recognizes the enormity of his deed.

"I don't think he knows what he did," Kara Louisell said. "He's only 4. He just saw the guy in the water and he told Grandma."

With that in mind, I have decided to force encourage my kids (who are 4 and 7) to sit at the window of our condo building watching for action. Now, we can't actually see the water because of the taller condo building right across the street but I heard that kids eyes are better then adults so they might just spot something. Time for them to start earning their keep by hauling in the awards and fame.

More info: The Grand Rapids Press

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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