‘It saved my whole life’: Albertans recognized by Lifesaving Society for water rescues

Eleven Albertans were recognized at the annual Lifesaving Society rescue award for their heroic efforts in rescuing people from drowning 

From a boat rescue on Wizard Lake to a woman who rescued her husband from a pool at their vacation home in Alberta, the recipients say they’re not herose, but just people who responded in an emergency.

In April 2017, Elaine Soetaert and her husband Martin, of Edmonton, were at their vacation home in Peoria, Arizona. She was inside the house and Martin was working on the pool filter in the backyard when she heard an explosion.

“When I came tearing out to see what was going on, he was nowhere to be seen,” Soetaert said. “So I did a lot of tearing around the house in various places to see where he disappeared to and just at the moment I was thinking ‘could he possibly be in the pool?’ His shoe flew to the surface.”

She couldn’t see Martin because the pool was covered by a tarp. She jumped into the deep end of the pool, pulled him out by his shirt and performed CPR on the side of the pool until he started breathing before paramedics arrived.

Martin suffered trauma to his head, chest, and kidneys along with a heart attack. He’s since recovered.

“It saved my whole life, really because without him my life would be quite a barren spot,” he said.  “It was a terrifying experience but also extremely gratifying because it turned out so well in the end”

Elaine Soetaert said it was a strange, but humbling experience for her to be among 10 other award recipients at Government House on Friday.

“Truly I don’t’ feel I did anything heroic, so to get an award feels odd, but it makes me blush,” she said. ” I feel very thankful and grateful that the whole situation turned out the way it did and that people recognize that is even more wonderful.”

Wizard Lake rescue

Shauna Recknagle and Alex Thompson were recognized for saving an amputee from a capsized boat in Wizard Lake, 70 kilometres southwest of Edmonton.

Alex Thompson received an award for his effort to rescue a man from Wizard Lake in 2017. (Travis McEwan/CBC)

In June of 2017, Recknagle was kayaking when she noticed the capsized boat and the man was in the water. Thompson was on the shore with his family when noticed the situation before swimming out to the boat. The two helped get the man get to shore.

“I really didn’t expect to get any sort of recognition from it, so it’s very unexpected,” Thompson said. “It’s real cool to see a bunch of other people who did the same thing.”

To see the stories behind the other reward recipients go to the Lifesaving Society’s website.

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Sherwood Park

Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area.[7] It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary,[8] generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road).[9] Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.[9]

Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016,[6] Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.


Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.

The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton.[8] The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.

Originally posted 2018-10-13 04:02:17. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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