Off-duty trooper rescues boater


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP/ WANE) — Indiana state police say an off-duty trooper rescued a 56-year-old man whose paddle boat flipped over.

Police say Cpl. Peter Bradley saved a Cromwell man Friday evening on Knapp Lake. They say Bradley jumped into the lake and swam about 50 yards when he saw the man, identified as Randall Nicodemus, struggling to swim.

Bradley, who began observing the whole ordeal from his back yard, was able pull Nicodemus to the surface and swim him back to shore.

Bradley told police he estimates the man was under water for about 10 to 20 seconds. He was taken to a local hospital.

Police say there were also two boys wearing life jackets and another man in the boat, all of whom were able to swim to shore on their own.

Police say alcohol was involved and they will continue to investigate. provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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