OUR JANUARY 12, 1995 FLASHBACK- PRINCESS DIANA ATTENDS ROYAL PARKS HUMANE SOCIETY AWARD CEREMONY FOR HELPING SAVE A DROWNING MAN

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PRINCESS DIANA HELPS RESCUE DROWNING MAN
(From our clippings file) PDBB.COM
May. 19, 1994
LONDON (AP) _ A Finnish student may get a bravery medal for plunging into a lake to rescue a drowning vagrant – with some help from Princess Diana.
The 32-year-old princess was leaving Regents Park after a morning jog Sunday when tourists flagged down her car to get help for a man who had fallen off a bridge, government officials reported Thursday.
She told her chauffeur to call police on the car phone and ran to the bridge, where she and student Kari Kotila, 29, climbed over the parapet down to the lake bank.
Diana, clad in running clothes, took Kotila’s backpack and wallet while he jumped into the 7-foot-deep lake, swam to the unconscious man and pulled him to shore.
Diana and other people who had arrived dragged out the 42-year-old vagrant, and Kotila administered mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until police arrived.

”He had started to give some first aid to the man as best he could. He had done a very good job – he saved his life,” officer Derek Caldwell said.
The Daily Mail newspaper said police officials planned to recommend Kotila for a bravery award. Kari Kotila, 29, who jumped in after the unconscious O’Donoghue, a vagrant who later admitted he had been drinking. When O’Donoghue was onshore, Di helped roll him onto his side to prepare him for artificial respiration, which Kotila then administered.