At a recent ceremony in Berne, Swiss President Ruth Dreifuss awarded 37 lifesavers the highest honour bestowed by the Carnegie
Institute for valour in saving the life of a fellow human being. But
there was one hero who stood out from the crowd of silver-medallion
recipients. On a cold winter day, 19-year-old Patricia Marti was
strolling along the Aare River when she spotted a drowning woman.
Without hesitation, she plunged into the icy water, dragging the woman
ashore while trying to breath life into her. But unknown to the
lifesaver at the time, she had saved a woman who was trying to take her
own life. For Patricia Marti swimming in the Aare River had just been
another summer pleasure until that fateful day.