Charles A. Krell, 51, steam fitter, died helping to save Miriam E. Nathan from drowning, Ambler, Pennsylvania, February 24, 1968. Miriam,10, and her father were skating at a water-filled stone quarry and broke through the ice into water thirty feet deep about sixty feet from the bank. Both tried to hold to the ice, but it kept breaking off. They called for help. Krell was attracted and walked on the ice to within six feet of Miriam. The ice then gave way under him. Krell swam to Miriam and moved her to one corner of the hole, which by that time was about fifteen feet long. Nathan was at the opposite corner. Krell supported Miriam while she tried in vain to climb onto the ice. A missionary and two other men arrived at the quarry. Taking with him a ten-foot piece of gas pipe the missionary walked twenty feet on the ice and then crawled in a prone position to near the hole. He extended the pipe to Miriam and by it drew her out of the hole. The ice began to sag, and water flowed onto it. While the missionary watched Miriam make her way to the bank, Krell sank and drowned. The missionary and two other men rescued Miriam’s father.
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