Eddie Vedder Repays Man Who Once Saved His Life
Pearl Jam donates $70K after hero has his own boating accident
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2016 10:57 AM CST
Eddie Vedder speaks to the crowd during his performance at the Global Citizen Festival in New York., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016.   (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

(Newser) – More than 10 years ago, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder was paddling in Hawaii with friends when their canoe overturned. Keith Baxter was also out boating with his daughter, and they rescued Vedder and friends after they had been stranded for two hours, Entertainment Weekly reports. Last year, Baxter was in a boating accident of his own, and the injuries he sustained resulted in a "life-threatening infection," per a GoFundMe campaign set up to raise money for his medical expenses. (Another person from Vedder's party, saved by Baxter all those years ago, set up the campaign after hearing about Baxter's plight.) Now Vedder is repaying Baxter in a big way: "Yes, it’s all true," Baxter's wife confirms to the The Inertia. "Pearl Jam (Eddie, Stone, Jeff, Mike, and Matt) matched what was originally raised ($70K) through Gofundme.com."

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