Sask. woman reconnects with couple who saved her from drowning 20 years ago

Ashley Petite’s little sister, Amber, 9, died in the boating accident. – Image courtesy of CTV News

By CTV News, July 6, 2017 

When Ashley Petite thinks back to the day her sister drowned, she says she can almost feel the water on her skin again.

It was July of 1997, and the Saskatchewan woman was on a boat in Canoe Lake, about 400 kilometres north of Saskatoon, with her 9-year-old sister, Amber, two cousins and her grandfather.

That’s when a surge of powerful waves struck their boat, throwing them into the water and causing the boat to sink.

With no life jacket, Petite — then 14 years old — swam over to her sister. But it was already too late.

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