Allen Davidson helped to save George F. Lane from drowning, Monterey, California, April 20, 1969. When a boat capsized in Monterey Bay 225 feet from shore, Lane, 30, bank employee, was thrown into the water, where breakers 15 feet high moved toward the beach and undercurrents flowed seaward. Davidson, 24, police officer, witnessed the accident from shore. He undressed to his underwear and entered the heavy surf, where debris from the overturned boat was being washed toward the beach while Lane was being carried away from it. Davidson swam with difficulty to 200 feet from shore and still had not overtaken Lane. He returned to near the beach to get a rescue aid. When a Coast Guard man then started in pursuit of Lane with a nylon line held by persons on the beach, Davidson followed. They overtook Lane about 300 feet from shore. Davidson and the other man held Lane, who had lost consciousness, as all were pulled toward the beach by the line. Others met them 40 feet from shore; and Davidson, by then very tired, was aided to the beach. Lane revived and recovered.
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