David F. Ryan, 20, able seaman, saved James P. Fraser, 27, shipmaster, from drowning, Dingwall, Nova Scotia, December 16, 1929. While Fraser at night with the temperature at zero was walking on porous ice on North Pond of Aspy Bay, he broke through into water 12 feet deep 800 feet from an island. He struggled unsuccessfully to climb out of the hole and then supported himself with difficulty with his arms on the ice. Ryan, who was heavily clothed and who was warned by Fraser to keep back from the hole, ran toward Fraser and broke through to his waist at a point 30 feet from him. He climbed upon the ice, crawled to within six feet of Fraser, and then flung one end of his overcoat to Fraser. Fraser with great effort pulled himself upon the ice. He and Ryan suffered from the effects of exposure for several days.
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