||09-05-2009 05:47 PM
Winnipeg's 'homeless hero' saves another person from river
WINNIPEG — Winnipeg's "homeless hero" has once again saved someone from drowning in the Red River.
Police were searching for the body of a man believed drowned near the city's Norwood Bridge on Friday after he jumped into the river to try to save his girlfriend.
While the unnamed man couldn't save her, the woman was eventually pulled from the river alive anyway, by none other than Faron Hall, the homeless man who made headlines across the country in May after rescuing a teen from the same river.
A group of friends had been drinking wine together in the morning by the river, according to a witness.
The woman accidentally slipped into the river, but apparently didn't know how to swim. Her boyfriend tried to help her, but didn't know how to swim, either.
Hall rescued the woman, then tried to save the man, but the man had already gone under.
A spokesman for the Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Service said Friday afternoon there was no hope the man was still alive.
Hall, 44, had been an alcoholic living under a Winnipeg bridge for about seven years, when he risked his own life to save a teen back in May, in the process stepping into the public spotlight.
Hall and a friend had been sitting on a bench that day when they spotted the teen tumbling over the guardrail of a nearby bridge and into the Red River.
Hall dropped his backpack and dove into the river, swimming out about 15 metres to grab the boy.
Hall was subsequently honoured by the city and at the provincial legislature.
His actions inspired admirers to help him find an apartment.
Hall now has an account on Facebook, however, which still describes his location as "the banks of the Red River."
they should build him a small home there & give him a salary :D
||09-06-2009 05:12 PM
no matter how they label him ... "an alcoholic living under a winnipeg bridge for about seven years...." is what makes him stand out even more.
Nice guy non the less!
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