Heroics earn man spot on Anderson Cooper talk show

An Alberta man has been reunited on an American TV show with a Texas family he helped rescue after a plane crash in the Caribbean Sea.

An Alberta man has been reunited on an American TV show with a Texas family he helped rescue after a plane crash in the Caribbean Sea.

Paul Gullackson of Cold Lake says there were hugs and tears as he taped an interview on Anderson Cooper’s daytime talk show in New York City.

The show is to air early next week.

Gullackson and his cousin were in a boat near their Honduran resort earlier this month when they saw an ultralight aircraft carrying a pilot, a couple and their four-year-old son crash into the water.

They noticed the father had the boy in his arms as he clung to the floating wreckage, but the pilot was trying to keep the unconscious mother above water and appeared to be losing his grip on her.

The boaters jumped into the water and Gullackson managed to keep the woman’s head up until help arrived.

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