Allie Mae Hart Murray attempted to save Thomas S. Buie from drowning, Rockville, South Carolina, August 11, 1934. While wading and jumping waves two feet high in the Atlantic Ocean, Buie, 39, was momentarily submerged by a wave and then drifted into deep water to a point 60 feet from the shore. Mrs. Murray, 26, housewife, waded from shore, swam to Buie, took hold of him, and tried to swim toward shore but could make no progress against a strong undertow. Buie made swimming strokes, which caused Mrs. Murray to be momentarily submerged several times. Wilma R. Hart, who had followed 10 feet behind Mrs. Murray, reached them and grasped Buie’s hand. The three were unable to make progress toward shore. At Miss Hart’s suggestion, Mrs. Murray, who was almost exhausted, released Buie and then turned on her back and paddled and drifted 25 feet and got footing. Another woman aided her to shore. Mrs. Murray was semiconscious but was revived. In the meantime, at Miss Hart’s instruction, Buie turned on his back, and Miss Hart swam and towed him 15 feet to wadable water and then with the aid of another woman took him to shore.
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