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Southern Door graduate recounts Madison lake rescue

A UW-Madison senior student with Door County ties helped save a drowning man in Lake Mendota last month.  22-year-old Sturgeon Bay native Nathan Coulthurst along with Mark Kendall and Brett Sprecher helped save the life of a distressed 24-year-old man.  The incident occurred on the evening of August 16th near a fraternity house during an alumni gathering.  Coulthurst shares what happened after the apparently suicidal man suddenly ran into Lake Mendota.  He says Kendall, fraternity alumni, and Sprecher, a nearby boater struggled to keep the combative man above water.

 

 

Coulthurst says Madison police arrived after they were able to restrain the man in the boat preventing him from jumping back in the water.  He says he has not heard from the saved man but did receive a phone call, a hand-written letter, and a commendation coin from the Madison Police Chief.  You can listen to the entire interview with Nathan Coulthurst below.

 

 

  

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