First of all, I never knew that people surfed on Lake Superior. Evidently, they have some "righteous" waves up there because Darby Voeks drove all the way from the Twin Cities to catch a wave or two on the lake.

Credit: Duluth Police Dept
Credit: Duluth Police Dept

The Duluth Police Dept is commending surfer Darby Voeks after he rescued a dog and man from the frigid Lake Superior Wednesday morning.

Voeks was just finishing up riding the waves Wednesday morning when he was approached by a woman saying that her dog had slipped out of his collar and jumped in the lake.  A man, who is a friend of the woman, also went in the lake to save the dog and was also having trouble, according to the Duluth police.

Voeks acted quickly, running to the spot the dog and man were struggling. He jumped in and had them both safely out of the water by the time the police and fire dept. arrived.

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"When someone is drowning, you don't know, you don't know if they're going to shove you under, but I just had to try to trust my swimming abilities and know that we have to try," Voeks told FOX 9.

Voeks was nominated for the Duluth Citizenship Award, which is a pretty big deal and only given out rarely.  "We would make the argument that Darby is a rare individual," read the Facebook post from Duluth Police Department. "Darby, you are an incredible person. Thank you for being you and for saving two lives today."

It appears to me that the Universe put Darby Voeks in the right place an the right time.


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