Donald W. Brogen, Jr., attempted to save James Tugwell, Jr., from drowning, Batesville, Arkansas, April 28, 1968. While walking on a retaining wall extending along the bank of the White River below a dam, James, 8, fell into an eddy in the turbulent water. Brogen, 19, college student, dived from the wall and swam 10 feet to James, who was flailing in deep water. James threw his arms around Brogen’s head and wrapped his legs around Brogen’s chest. They were submerged briefly and then went under again. After Brogen succeeded in breaking free of James, they surfaced. Before Brogen could secure a grip on James, the boy disappeared in the turbulent water. Brogen looked about for James for several minutes. By then very tired and experiencing chest pains, he began swimming toward the bank. With difficulty he reached the wall, where others aided him from the water. Meanwhile the action of the eddy had moved James, who then was unconscious, to near a projection of the bank. A man waded to him and removed him to the bank, where he was revived.
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