A St. Cloud woman with multiple sclerosis, a fractured ankle, and limited swimming ability saved a man in the Mississippi River Friday, news sources report.
Connie Burczyk was walking with her friend, Kathy Maloney, and their dogs when they encountered a person in distress. They heard someone struggling in the water, crying for help, Huffington Post reported.
"We thought it might just be somebody joking...It was so dark we could barely see," Maloney told the St. Cloud Times.
Burzcyk left her dog with her friend and waded into the icy water to pull a man to shore, the Huffington Post reported.
"By the time we found him, his hands were already blue," Maloney told the St. Cloud Times. "It was a miracle that it happened the way it did because that man would have froze to death or drowned."
The man would have faced serious hypothermia had it not been for the rescue, the St. Cloud Fire Department told the Huffington Post.
"They are two incredible women who answered the call to help another person," St. Cloud Battalion Chief Greg Newinski said in an email to the Huffington Post.
The man was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital and is recovering, St. Cloud Times reported.