Brennan S. Wells helped to save Sylvia Estrada de Minton from drowning, Port Isabel, Texas, August 17, 1993. Ms. Minton, 27, was afloat in Laguna Madre Bay of the Gulf of Mexico at a point about a mile from shore. Crossing the Queen Isabella Causeway in that vicinity, Wells, 23, business operator, stopped on the bridge when he saw others gathered there. Learning of the situation, Wells removed his shirt and boots then climbed over the bridge railing and, knowing that the bay was shallow, jumped 25 feet into the water below. He swam to Ms. Minton, who had been carried under the bridge, and grasped her, then took her to a bridge support. Wells held to both Ms. Minton and the support while waiting for help. A Coast Guard boat arrived shortly and took them to shore. Wells sustained lacerations to his feet, and he recovered.
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