Bertha Markell Ohl saved Dorothy J. Smith from drowning, Summerville, Pennsylvania, July 30, 1932. While wading in the Red Bank Creek, Dorothy, 17, slid from a rock into water eight feet deep 10 feet from the bank. She was momentarily submerged and was carried farther from the bank. Mrs. Ohl, 20, housewife, who was a poor swimmer, swam 15 feet to her, and Dorothy grabbed her ankle. Mrs. Ohl jerked free, and as she reached to take hold of Dorothy, Dorothy grabbed her arm. After a struggle, in which both bobbed up and down, Mrs. Ohl broke her hold. Dorothy grabbed Mrs. Ohl’s bathing suit, and Mrs. Ohl, towing Dorothy, with great exertion then swam and drifted 40 feet to a point 10 feet from the bank. Dorothy then grasped a pole that was extended to her, and she was pulled to wadable water. Mrs. Ohl was aided out of the water and was temporarily exhausted.
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