Carl J. Goes, 19, schoolboy, saved Ange May Jordan, 52, from drowning, Westport, Massachusetts, June 30, 1964. Mrs. Jordan swam fully clothed to the aid of her daughter, who was in difficulty in Rhode Island Sound 90 feet from shore. A swell submerged both of them, and only Mrs. Jordan returned to the surface. Searching for her daughter, she became exhausted, lost consciousness, and floated face down 100 feet from shore in water 12 foot deep. Realizing that no one was going to the aid of Mrs. Jordan, Goes entered the water. He experienced some difficulty and swallowed some water swimming through high swells, which hid Mrs. Jordan. He swam to 120 feet from shore and then saw Mrs. Jordan 20 feet nearer the beach. Goes swam to her, feeling the pull of an undercurrent. He obtained a hold on Mrs. Jordan and began towing her shoreward. Progress was very slow. Mrs. Jordan was limp, and the undercurrent tended to pull her down, several times causing them to be submerged briefly. Goes was breathing heavily and swallowed water each time. He became very fatigued but persisted in his efforts and towed Mrs. Jordan to within 15 feet of the beach. A rope was thrown to him. He clung to it and with Mrs. Jordan was pulled to shore. Mrs. Jordan was revived. The body of her daughter was found later.
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