Brian S. Siebenmorgan saved Sally Terpsma and died attempting to save Gitana Kmieliauskaite from drowning, Pompano Beach, Florida, December 20, 1998. Ms. Terpsma, 44, and her friend Ms. Kmieliauskaite, 28, were wading in the Atlantic Ocean when Ms. Terpsma was pulled into water beyond her depth. Unable to regain her footing, she called for help. Ms. Kmieliauskaite swam to her but likewise encountered difficulty in the deeper water, and she too called for help. Siebenmorgan, 34, travel agent, who had been wading nearby, approached Ms. Terpsma and urged her to swim to him. She struggled toward him, and when she was within his reach, he pulled her to wadable water, from which she then went to shore. Meanwhile, Ms. Kmieliauskaite had been pulled farther from shore. Siebenmorgan swam to her and began to pull her in, but he struggled, then called for help and submerged. Exhausted, Ms. Kmieliauskaite was carried to wadable water, where others aided her to the beach. She was attended by paramedics at the scene before being taken to the hospital for further treatment. She recovered. Siebenmorgan also was recovered by others and taken to the hospital, but efforts to revive him failed. He died of drowning.
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