Anita M. Thibodeau helped to save Deborah A. Letourneau from drowning, Old Orchard Beach, Maine, June 8, 1969. Deborah, 13, along with her older sister and a young man, got into difficulty in surf in the Atlantic Ocean when they were unable to swim back to the beach because of a strong seaward current. A registered nurse swam to them and towed Deborah, who was unconscious, part way to shore but then called for assistance. Miss Thibodeau, 23, registered nurse, swam to them in deep water about 80 feet from shore. In helping to tow Deborah about 50 feet farther, Miss Thibodeau tired from swimming against the current. A man then relieved them of Deborah; and all reached shore. Others aided the sister and the young man. Deborah recovered.
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