Texoma man receives "Lifesaving Award" for saving stranded boaters

By: Kristen Shanahan Email
By: Kristen Shanahan Email

DENISON, TX -- Just a few weeks ago two men were stranded in the middle of Lake Texoma, their boat taking on water with no help in sight. They thought they might not make it back alive, but a Good Samaritan stepped in just in time.

Bob Golly was honored with the Lifesaving Award Monday afternoon at Lake Texoma in Denison for putting his own life at risk to help save two brothers when their boat overturned.

Anthony and Terry Eddings say April 24, 2012, is a day they will never forget. A fishing trip went from fun to dangerous when their boat started to sink. In a matter of two minute, the boat flooded then flipped over on top of Terry.

"He didn't ever think he'd ever see me no more and someway, somehow I pulled myself out," Terry said.

It was sheer panic for the brothers stranded more than 100 feet from the shore, but Terry told Anthony he was going to make it out alive.

"I told him no I said this is not the way we're going to go, and I turned around and hollered for help," Terry said.

After a good half hour of yelling for help their call was finally answered. Bob Golly, along with two other men, helped pull the brothers out of the water.

"Everything worked out good. The water temperature that you know they wouldn't have lasted too much longer with hypothermia there, but the time was right and I just happened to be there and have the right kind of help," Golly said.

Golly says he is overjoyed to receive the Lifesaving Award, but that he was just doing what he was called to do. Colonel Michael Teague with the Army Corps of Engineers presented the award to Golly. Teague says last year in the district's 38 lakes there were 32 drownings. He says Golly may have prevented two more.

"We get the tragic stories, and this is so nice to be able to recognize a great story, you know, of not just somebody happened to be driving by and threw them a lifeline, but put themselves at risk to help somebody else," Colonel Teague said.

"We're lucky. We are really lucky. Everything just feel into place," Anthony said.

The Edding brothers say they have learned a lifesaving lesson the hard way. Always wear your life jacket and make sure your boat is in good condition.

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