Students rescue drowned news rack


March 20, 2009 at 5:05 p.m.
Updated March 19, 2009 at 10:20 p.m.

A couple of students took time out of their spring break fun to perform a good deed.

Ryan Slaughter, a 19-year-old learning the basics to become an emergency medical technician, found a white object floating in Coleto Creek under a bridge off U.S. Highway 59 near Raisin at 3 p.m. Friday.

Slaughter hoped it was an ice chest treasure, but instead he found an Advocate newspaper rack and told friend Travis Boehm II. The students had come with friends to swim, but decided to take a break to bring the rack back to the Advocate.

Boehm, a Victoria College student, guesses the rack must have been dumped overnight as he had been at the same area the past three days and didn't remember seeing anything submerged in the water.

Scott Bandy, Advocate sales and retention manager, thanked the young men for their effort. New racks cost between $400 and $500 each.

The floating rack appears to be in good shape other than a cut chain and lock and the missing quarters.

But it still worked and the side was dented. But after it gets dry and clean, the Advocate will be able to use it again.



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