Grand Junction Men Save Olympians Life

Two Grand Junction men are being credited with saving the life of a two–time Olympic wrestler whose plane crashed in Utah over the weekend.

Rulon Gardner and two other men were rescued by local fisherman Bill Brown and his buddy Damien Loy. Brown and Loy were fishing near Good Hope Bay on Sunday when they spotted the pilot of the downed plane.

The three men had escaped the plane before it sank and had swam for more than an hour in 44 degree water to reach the shore. All three were hypothermic when Brown and Loy found them.

Brown says he believes a higher power led him to Good Hope Bay that day. Brown says Gardner has always been a hero to him and he's honored to have saved his life.

Authorities are still trying to determine what caused the plane to go down.


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