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Josh Meltzer '95 Praised for Saving Three in Lake Superior Rip Tide

July 3, 2012

Media outlets around the state of Minnesota are praising former Carleton College swim team captain Josh Meltzer, Class of 1995, with saving three people on Monday, who were caught in a dangerous rip tide off the shores of Lake Superior in Duluth.

The Duluth News-Tribune reports that Meltzer pulled two women and a pre-teen girl out of Lake Superior after they were overcome by a rip current at Park Point.

“The girl was having trouble swimming,” Meltzer told the News-Tribune. “She couldn’t make it out there. We were basically in the rip current. I grabbed her and brought her back and immediately turned around and went back out. There was an adult and a 10- to 12-year-old girl. The girl was going under. She didn’t have the strength to stay above water and whenever a wave came she just went under.”

Duluth Fire Department's Assistant Chief Erik Simonson reports that one of the women was taken to an area hospital for taking in a lot of water and exhaustion.

An award-winning photojournalist, Meltzer teaches photojournalism at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky. His wife is a native of Moose Lake, Minn., and the family had returned to northern Minnesota to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. The couple has a 2-year-old son, Gus. Meltzer reports that Gus has already taken a six-week-long infant survival swimming class.