Charles A. Lawrence, 15, schoolboy, helped to save R. Douglas Carpenter, 15, schoolboy, from drowning, Santa Monica, California, May 2, 1965. Carpenter got into trouble in a riptide in the Pacific Ocean 350 feet from shore and called for help. Lawrence, already tired from swimming, swam 100 feet to Carpenter as the latter was submerged intermittently. Fearing a struggle, Lawrence moved behind Carpenter, who had swallowed some water and was kicking and flailing. Lawrence took hold of Carpenter and attempted to tow him toward shore but could make no progress against the force of the riptide. With effort Lawrence maintained their position amid waves four to six feet high and supported Carpenter for two minutes. A motorboat containing two lifeguards approached. One of them entered the water and aided Carpenter and Lawrence, who was badly winded, into the boat.
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