(KNAPP LAKE) - An off-duty Indiana State Police Corporal assigned to the Toll Road Post who is also a resident of Knapp Lake in Noble County is being credited with saving the life of a man from Cromwell on Friday evening.
State Police say Corporal Peter L. Bradley, who is a 13 year veteran, was in his back yard on the south side of the lake when he saw a paddle boat occupied by two adults and two juvenile boys.
The back of the boat was under water when Bradley yelled out to the occupants to make sure they were all right and that they knew how to swim. The two boys were wearing life jackets at the time while the adults were not and one of the adults answered back indicating that all four of them knew how to swim.
One of the adults got out of the boat and was trying to swim with it back to the shore. A moment later, one of the boys got out and it then flipped over sending 56 year old Randall James Nicodemus and a 4 year old boy into the water.
The boy immediately surfaced while Nicodemus struggled before going back under. Bradley immediately jumped into the lake and swam about 50 yards to where the boat had flipped over.
He estimated that Nicodemus had been three to four feet below the surface of the water for between 10 to 20 seconds and had been trying to hold onto the 4 year old to survive.
Bradley was able to grab onto Nicodemus and pull him to the surface before swimming him back to the shore. The other adult and both boys were able to swim on their own back to the shore.
Nicodemus was taken to a Goshen hospital for treatment. State Police say alcohol was a factor in the incident which is under investigation by Indiana Conservation Officers.
State Police Corporal Peter L. Bradley who is credited with saving a man from drowning in Noble County's Knapp Lake. Picture courtesy of the Indiana State Police.