An off-duty Indiana State Police corporal saved the life of a Cromwell man Friday night after the man's boat flipped over in Knapp Lake, state police said today.
Cpl. Peter L. Bradley of the Toll Road post was in his back yard on the south side of Knapp Lake about 5:45 p.m. when he noticed a paddleboat occupied by two men and two boys, state police at Fort Wayne said in a statement.
The rear of the boat was under water when Bradley walked to the shore and yelled to them to make sure they were all right and knew how to swim, the statement said. It said the two boys were wearing life jackets but the adults were not.
One of the adults answered that all four knew how to swim, and one got out of the boat and was trying to swim with it back to shore, the statement said. A moment later, one of the boys got out and the boat flipped over, sending an adult and a 4-year-old boy into the water.
The boy surfaced, but the adult struggled before going under, the statement said. It said Bradley jumped into the water, swam about 50 yards to where the boat had flipped over and grabbed the adult, pulling him to the surface before swimming him back to shore.
The other adult and both boys were able to swim on their own to shore, the statement said.
It said Randall James Nicodemus, 56, was treated at a Goshen hospital.
Alcohol was a factor, the statement said, and the incident remains under investigation by Indiana conservation officers. Noble County EMS also assisted at the scene.