A homeless man almost drowned Sunday while attempting to swim to a public dock on Oregon’s Willamette River. Fortunately, the quick response of a good Samaritan prevented the tragedy.
According to KATU News, Kevin Pratt was taking a break from cycling along the river when he saw a homeless man struggling in the water. Pratt stripped to his underwear and jumped into the river to help the drowning man. A few minutes later, he was able to pull the victim — who, according to witness Tim Voynov, had turned “really blue” — to shore. Pratt’s actions were caught on video by a bystander.
Pratt, along with another witness, also had to administer CPR to the victim. Firefighters said the man wasn’t breathing and had no pulse when he was pulled out of the water.