Ashton Harvey Baker, 15, schoolboy, saved Mae I. Connor, 27, from drowning, Narragansett Pier, Rhode Island, July 8, 1930. Miss Connor fell into the Atlantic Ocean from a great rock that rose 15 feet above the water and drifted away. The water was 10 feet deep at the rock, and there were irregular currents and a strong undertow away from the rock. Ashton removed his outer clothing, got down to within eight feet of the water, dived from the rock, and swam 300 feet to Miss Connor, who was unconscious. Holding her, he swam with difficulty through waves four feet high, which washed over him at times, to the rock. Waves struck the outer face of the rock with great force and splashed to a height of eight feet. Ashton could not land Miss Connor where he reached the rock, and he swam 32 feet around it to a fissure that was three or four feet above the water. As he exerted his utmost strength to raise Miss Connor to a woman on the rock, he lost his hold of her and she was carried 10 feet away. Ashton swam to her, got hold of her, and swam again to the fissure. With the aid of two women, he then got Miss Connor out of the water. He was temporarily exhausted. Miss Connor was revived.
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