Two residents who helped to save a life on Lac Lu have been honoured by the Lifesaving Society of Manitoba.

The Society says Matthew Haarsma and his father-in-law Myron Moszynski were about to call it a day while fishing on Lac Lu, when Haarsma heard a faint cry for help while out on the water.

The pair then spotted a man and his dog in an overturned boat, and the man’s lifejacket wouldn’t inflate in the rough water.

Thankfully, Haarsma and Moszynski were able to get the two out of the water and back to safety, and were honoured for their efforts earlier this week.

"We always want to recognize individuals who have put themselves out there as humanitarians to assist others in distress," says Water Smart Safety Management Coordinator, Dr. Christopher Love.

"The motto of our organization is 'Whomsoever you see in distress, recognize in them a fellow human being,' and the rescuers that we honour exemplify that model.”

“But at the same time, we use this event to raise awareness to get people thinking about how quickly things can turn dangerous and how having people at the right place at the right time can make a huge difference in people's lives."

Overall, 19 Manitoba residents were recognized for their quick thinking and response in coming to the aid of people on November 7 at the Government House in Manitoba.