Labrador youth saves friend from drowning

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Swims to middle of river, pulls boy safely to shore

Peter Nuna Jr. of Sheshatshiu is getting a lot of attention in his community for rescuing a friend who was having trouble swimming across a river earlier this week. — Submitted photo

A Sheshatshiu youth was quick to act when he saw a friend who appeared to be drowning earlier this week, and his efforts likely saved that boy’s life.

Peter Nuna Jr., 14, is the talk of the town after he pulled his friend, Damon Gregoire, from a local river situated between the communities of Sheshatshiu and North West River.

“It was very brave of young Peter, what he’s done,” said Alex Andrew, whose son is friends with the boy. Andrew spoke with them a short while after the incident occurred.

“They came over to the house and told the story about it,” said Andrew. “Stephen (Damon’s young­er brother) was so happy that Peter saved his brother’s life.”

It’s approximately 200 metres from one side of the river to the other in the area where the boys had gathered Monday.

Andrew said Damon made an attempt to swim across the river.

Peter noticed his friend’s face had dipped below the surface of the water after making it halfway across.

Sensing something was wrong, Peter went in the river and began to swim towards Damon.

Once Peter reached Damon, he grabbed the boy’s arms. Damon’s body was once again falling below the surface, and the weight pulled Peter down with him. But Peter did not let go, kicking as hard as he could to get back to the surface.

Peter told Damon to kick hard once they had reached the surface in order to help them reach the shore.

Andrew said Peter found the water to be very cold. Andrew suspects the water’s temperature may have played a role in preventing Damon from crossing the river.

Andrew said he was told that, upon reaching the shore, Peter’s arms were very sore and the boy was quite tired. Andrew said Damon is bigger than Peter.

Andrew said people in both communities are impressed with Peter, adding he thinks the boy should receive an award for his brave act.

“I put this on my Facebook, and there were so many comments,” he said. “I put it on my Facebook because I didn’t want this story to get passed by.”

The Telegram attempted to reach the 14-year-old boy to talk about his experience. However, Peter said he was too tired to talk.

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Geographic location: Sheshatshiu, North West River

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Recent comments

  • Joshua
    August 10, 2012 - 13:59

    way to go big guy! you do deserve a reward!

  • carogers
    August 03, 2012 - 13:20

    What you did showed amazing strenght and to have the presence of mind to know what to do and the ability to follow through. Your community is lucky to have such a wonderful young man. All the best to you.

  • Mike
    August 03, 2012 - 12:23

    Awesome job Peter!!

  • Leah
    August 03, 2012 - 11:38

    Peter, what a brave young man you are. You went out into the water without any hesitation of your own well being to save your friend. God bless you.

  • Harold
    August 03, 2012 - 11:37

    way to go Peter.. very brave of you to risk your live to help your friend. lets all make sure Peter gets the recognition he deserves. a good news story.

  • Robert
    August 03, 2012 - 08:40

    Past experience has shown that it is no point in calling DND/SAR so he took matters into his own hands! Great story about our best and it proves our youth are as good as it gets!!

    • Mary
      August 03, 2012 - 10:49

      Peter,it's a wonderful thing to save a persons life, not everyone can act as fast as you did.I hope you get the recognition you deserve. Good man.

  • Agnes
    August 03, 2012 - 08:13

    Peter your heroic actions and stamina saved your friend. You will be remembered by your community and your province for the rest of your life. I am very proud of you.