Winnipeg woman receives Carnegie Medal after saving teenagers





A Winnipeg woman received North America’s highest honor for civilian heroism after rescuing three girls who had floated dangerously far from shore at Delta Beach on Lake Manitoba last year.

The Carnegie Hero Fund awarded the Carnegie Medal to Renata Bandel and 17 others in Canada and the United States

Renata Bandel will receive the Carnegie Medal for Acts of Extraordinary Heroism after the daring rescue of three teenage girls on Lake Manitoba in 2020.

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Renata Bandel will receive the Carnegie Medal for Acts of Extraordinary Heroism after the daring rescue of three teenage girls on Lake Manitoba in 2020.

“It’s so good,” Bandel said. “I am so grateful.”

Bandel is the only Canadian recipient. Five of the recipients died trying to save others, including a Minnesota farmer who died after entering a silo filled with noxious gas to save two family members.

On June 3, 2020, Bandel was at the beach north of Portage la Prairie with his sister, when a man and woman in the water ran towards the shore.

“The lady said to me, ‘there’s someone out there crying for help,’” Bandel said. The woman pointed to something red floating in the water.

“So I just locked on that floating red dot and kept swimming until I hit it,” she said.

As she got closer, she saw a 17-year-old girl in a life jacket. The girl broke down in tears, Bandel said.

“She was very upset – and relieved,” she said. Bandel grabbed the girl and swam to the shore. A crowd had gathered on the beach, and the police and paramedics had arrived.

Two other girls were still adrift. After a long swim with one person in tow, some people may have let the police perform the second rescue.

“I didn’t feel like I could stand up so I figured if I just walked into the deep water I would hear or see something,” she said.

After a while, her sister hissed and showed another little red dot. Bandel locked again and swam. The wind picked up, waves hit Bandel’s face, and water splashed over his nose. Yet Bandel persevered.

She reached the girl, who was also floating in a life jacket, and the girl started to cry. Bandel was already towing the girl to shore when an RCMP boat pulled up beside them. Bandel and the girl rushed into the boat and rushed to find the third girl, who was further away.

Bandel said the rescue affected her in various ways.

“I had a hard time sleeping afterwards, having nightmares and stuff – drowning and not being able to find people in the dark,” she said.

Her family rallied around her.

“Everyone was wonderful, happy and excited,” she said.

Bandel’s mother Anna Bandel said on Wednesday that she was proud of her daughter.

“It is so beautiful for a mother to hear something like this,” said Anna Bandel.

Bandel received a certificate of recognition from the RCMP earlier this year.

The Carnegie Medal is awarded to those who come into extreme danger while saving or attempting to save others. To date, 10,238 Carnegie Medals have been awarded since 1904. Each of the recipients or their survivors will receive a financial grant.

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