James Hannell and Harry Rivenbark love to fish and spend time on the Cape Fear River. Usually, they keep to themselves, but Friday, was anything but ordinary. Hannell was on his boat when he says, "All of a sudden the Wilmington Police Department is yelling someone had jumped in and I said to Harry 'look she is only 25 feet away from my boat.'" Hannell just finished towing in his son-in-law's boat, when Officer Amy Gospoderek asked to get in their boat and bring her to a jumper. A bridge tender on the Cape Fear Memorial called 911 just five minutes before, to report the incident. Hannell says, "Your instincts kick in, and it's human nature in a situation like that, and you just do what you got to do." That's when both men helped the officer pull the woman onto their boat. She was lying face down and unconscious in the water. The officers began cpr and transported her to New Hanover Regional. "I know how that cape fear river is, and how that current is, and if she had been there any length of time, she would have floated off," says Hannell. Alec Wessell boats on the river at least three times a week. He says, "This is a dangerous place to be especially when the tide and the current are moving at the same time." Hannell and Rivenbark don't call themselves heroes, and don't expect recognition. Knowing they helped save someone's life the day after Christmas, is rewarding enough. "You know this time of year, a lot of people don't like to be alone, and can't handle to be alone," says Hannell.
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