Jazz Thabo Sefolosha Saves Woman From Drowning

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Utah Jazz guard Thabo Sefolosha is being called a hero after he saved someone from drowning in a river.

Sefolosha was enjoying a rafting trip with his family on the Provo River in Utah when he helped rescue a woman who had capsized from her raft, according to Kyle Goon of the Salt Lake Tribune.

With about 20 minutes left on the trip, Clark hit a boulder in the stream and flipped over. Her tube and oars quickly floated downstream. Her life vest rode up past her head, and she was struggling for air.

“I always wondered how people drowned in small water before this happened,” she said. “The water was so swift, I couldn’t catch my breath. It was really terrifying.”

One of her friends, Heidi Bishop, grabbed her shirt and tried to take her along with her, but she was worried that Clark might capsize her as well. As she thrashed along in the water, Clark was hitting rocks in the stream, gathering cuts and bruises.

They asked for help from at least one other person as they struggled: He advised them to keep along as they were and then went on his way.

It was at this moment of peril that the Sefoloshas came up the river. Thabo asked if he could help, then helped lift her into his raft.

Sefolosha later called to check up on the woman, to make sure she was ok after her scare.

Sefolosha refused to take any credit for his heroic act saying “I didn’t save nobody.”