Daniel Carl Tourville helped to save Robert P. Saunders, Jr., from drowning, San Pedro, California, January 11, 1987. Robert, 10, fell from a ledge into turbulent water of the Pacific Ocean and was carried away from shore. Tourville, 29, welder, immediately jumped in after him, but he was battered by 12-foot breakers against the rocky shore. A rip tide then pulled Tourville seaward, and he was able to struggle to Robert, reaching him at a point about 120 feet out. Tourville and another man who had swum out supported Robert until lifeguards arrived. As one of the lifeguards took Robert to a rescue boat, Tourville and the other man swam to the boat. Exhausted by their 30-minute ordeal, Tourville, Robert, and the other man were treated for hypothermia, and they recovered.
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