One police officer in Canada went beyond the call of duty in a desperate attempt to save a man's life, last week.
After high winds caused a 23-year-old man's canoe to capsize on the St. Lawrence River near Montreal on Thursday, he swam through the freezing waters to get to the people he spotted from a distance, QMI Agency reported.
Fortunately, he was wearing a life jacket and made it to shore where he used the little energy he had left to climb up to them, RightThisMinute reported.
One of the bystanders was a nurse and promptly called 911. When Police Officer David Jutras came to the scene, the nurse recommended using a "skin to skin" technique. So Jutras took off his bulletproof vest and shirt, and laid down on the man to give him as much body heat as possible.
Paramedics later came to the scene and took the 23-year-old, who was showing signs of hypothermia, to a hospital. He was released on Thursday night, according to QMI Agency.
This isn't the first time that police officers have come to the rescue after a canoe capsized. Last summer, officers rescued four people in northwestern Alberta after their boat capsized. Two of them were stranded in the middle of a river, and were forced to cling to a rock for 16 hours until they were found.