There is always a lot of news out there about student athletes behaving badly. We at CGB wanted to highlight some positives, because they tend to get lost in the cracks. From ABC7 comes the story of former men's water polo captain Mike Sample helping save lives:
"I was not breathing. I'm not sure I had a heartbeat or not," said rescued kayaker Jim Thompson.
Thompson and his wife were kayaking when they capsized in the bay and Jim got sucked under a ferry. It was his worst day and his lucky day. The crew of a ferry turned around and the right people were in the right place.
"Good series of events where three guys, collegiate swimmers and water polo players happened to be on a boat 50 yards away from Jim," said Mike Sample, one of the American Red Cross heroes. "I swam up to Jim and I told Martha to grab the kayak and I grabbed Jim from behind and my two buddies, Chris and Kenny, grabbed his legs and all three of us got him over."
"I certainly would have died if not for Mike and his two friends," said Thompson.
Mike Sample, a great reflection of the Berkeley ethos. GO BEARS!