LITTLE COMPTON, R.I. - A Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick and a group of his Brown University teammates helped save three young swimmers this week in Rhode Island.
Dennis Robertson, a trained lifeguard from Fort St. John, B.C., was spending Tuesday afternoon at the beach when he and five other hockey players were alerted to some trouble in the water.
Mike Wolff and Jeff Ryan helped bring two swimmers to safety from a rip current before Robertson and three others — David Brownschidle, Mike Borge and Bobby Farnham — set about helping a third caught much farther out.
Robertson swam about 55 metres into the water and helped get the 14-year-old onto a surfboard with assistance from Borge. They then faced a harrowing trip back to shore through the rip current.
No one was hurt.
"This went the way it's supposed to go," Robertson told the Providence Journal. "Things could have been a lot worse. These guys helped me out a ton. We were lucky the kid was still conscious. It worked out as good as you could have planned it.
"The kid was OK. He was in shock, so he was kind of dizzy and oblivious to what was going on. We told (his mother) to take him to the hospital. ... He was out of it. He had swallowed a lot of water. Hopefully, he's all right now."
Robertson is a 20-year-old defenceman at Brown who was selected in the sixth round of June's draft by the Maple Leafs.