February 19, 2007
UCSC alum honored for ocean rescue
By Guy Lasnier
Crown College marine biology student Mike Towle was watching
the sunset with his girlfriend November 14 when a man suddenly
fell into the ocean from rocks along West Cliff Drive.
Acting Chancellor George Blumenthal awards Crown graduate Mike Towle
with a certificate of appreciation for rescuing a man who fell into the ocean along West Cliff
Photo: Guy Lasnier
Towle shed his clothes and shoes and scampered down the cliff into the
52-degree water. He got to the man who was being dashed into the rocks by
waves and eventually managed to pull him back to shore with a life ring
someone had tossed.
Acting Chancellor George Blumenthal honored Towle at his February 14
cabinet meeting, presenting him with a certificate of appreciation and calling
his actions "heroic."
Towle, who graduated in December, now lives in Long Beach as he
recuperates from a broken wrist suffered during the rescue. It happened,
he said, as he and the young man were swept by waves from an offshore
The man, suffering from hypothermia, recovered after being taken to the hospital.