Donna Marie Llewellyn, 19, fish packer, saved Michael O. O’Neill, 12, from drowning, Georgetown, Prince Edward Island, August 5, 1965. Michael who could not swim, fell from a wharf into Georgetown Harbour, where the water was 15 feet deep. He surfaced 10 feet from the solid wall of timbers that supported the wharf and attempted to call for help but took in water as he alternately sank and rose. Two women saw Michael flailing in the water and called to Miss Llewellyn, the only person on the wharf who could swim. She ran 100 feet and, kicking off her shoes, dived from the wharf into the water seven feet below. Miss Llewellyn swam 15 feet to Michael, who had sunk again and was just beneath the surface. She took hold of him and lifted his head above water. He threw his arms around her neck, submerging them briefly. Urging Michael to be calm, Miss Llewellyn towed him 20 feet to a ladder at the side of the wharf. Others lowered a rope to Miss Llewellyn, who tied it around Michael. He was lifted onto the wharf, and Miss Llewellyn climbed the ladder.
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