Dillon Humphries saved Tatiana Nelthrope and helped to save Melvin Todd from drowning, Panama City Beach, Florida, April 10, 2013. Friends Nelthrope and Todd, 28, were swimming in the Gulf of Mexico when they were taken into deeper water farther from the beach by a strong current. Their efforts to swim against the current fruitless, they called for help at a point about 200 feet from shore. Humphries, 17, high school student, and a male friend were in wadable water atop a sandbar about halfway between the victims and the beach in that vicinity. They swam to Nelthrope and Todd. Humphries had Nelthrope hold to his shoulders, and, with her on his back, he swam out of the current and slowly made his way to wadable water at shore. His friend, meanwhile, grasped Todd and held to him as he swam, with difficulty, toward shore. Humphries then joined his friend to help with Todd, as did a lifeguard who responded with a rescue device. Neither Todd nor Nelthrope was injured. Humphries was tired after the rescue, but he recovered.
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