Hero Camper Rescued Teens Fleeing Norway Massacre

Marcel Gleffe took boat to distribute lifejackets, save youth in water
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2011 7:11 AM CDT
Mourning roses cast by sympathizers float in the lake near the island of Utoya, Norway, Sunday, July 24, 2011. A Norwegian dressed as a police officer gunned down at least 84 people at an island youth...   (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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(Newser) – German Marcel Gleffe and his family were relaxing Friday afternoon at a campground along the shores of Norway's Lake Tyrifjorden, talking about the bombing in Oslo, when he heard shots ring out—first one or two, then "an entire salvo." He ran to the jetty and saw a girl swimming, calling for help and yelling that there was a shooting happening at Utoya Island, about 600 meters away. So Marcel grabbed the keys to his rental boat and took off to help all the people he could, reports Der Spiegel.

"In such a situation, you don't think at all," he says. Marcel took the boat out four or five times, throwing lifejackets to as many people as he could, fishing out those who needed the most help. Many were wary, screaming "don't come too close" or "do you want to kill us?" He says he managed to bring about 20 to shore (the Telegraph reports he saved up to 30). All told, the various campers at the site pulled about 150 people from the water. But despite helping so many, for campers like Gleffe, the trauma lingers. "Yesterday, I was okay. But today I feel terrible, just terrible," he said.

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