Thabo Sefolosha Rescues Woman From Drowning

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Thabo Sefolosha Rescues Woman From Drowning


Thabo Sefolosha signing a two-year, $10.5 million deal with the Utah Jazz was a relatively unnoticed move during this hectic past offseason. But for one woman, it was the best deal she could have hoped for.

You can say the Jazz signing Thabo, saved this woman’s life.

The story: Sefolosha and his family were rafting on the Provo River in Utah, when their raft approached a woman struggling to stay afloat. Her own raft overturned and was swallowed by the river, leaving her struggling to stay above the water.

That’s when Sefolosha came along to resuce her:


Clark hit a boulder in the stream and flipped over. Her tube and oars quickly floated downstream. Her life vest rode up past her head, and she was struggling for air.

“I always wondered how people drowned in small water before this happened,” she said. “The water was so swift, I couldn’t catch my breath. It was really terrifying.”

One of her friends, Heidi Bishop, grabbed her shirt and tried to take her along with her, but she was worried that Clark might capsize her as well. As she thrashed along in the water, Clark was hitting rocks in the stream, gathering cuts and bruises.

They asked for help from at least one other person as they struggled: He advised them to keep along as they were and then went on his way.

It was at this moment of peril that the Sefoloshas came up the river. Thabo asked if he could help, then helped lift her into his raft.

Via The Salt Lake Tribune:


Thabo’s reaction was very modest, saying that he didn’t save anyone. But the woman’s friend claims the opposite, as she thinks that Sefolosha saved the woman’s life.

If Thabo is a hero or not, doesn’t really matter. He used his common sense and helped a woman in need. We should celebrate him for that, and shame others who passed by and failed to help. What’s wrong with some people?

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