Abraham Portnoy died saving two unknown men from drowning, Long Beach, New York, June 28, 1932. Two men were observed to be in distress in the Atlantic Ocean at a point 115 feet from shore. Portnoy, 19, casino attendant, almost fully clothed, waded from shore and then through very rough water swam 45 feet to one of the men. Supporting the man, he swam 45 feet toward shore to two youths who near wadable water held to a rope and relieved him of the man. The youths and the man were then pulled to the shore. Portnoy swam 25 feet to the other man, who then was 90 feet from shore. Supporting the second man, he swam 25 feet to the youths, who again relieved him. As the youths and the second man were pulled to shore, Portnoy, whose actions were not observed, got to a point 200 feet from the shore, where he disappeared and was drowned.
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