Douglas S. B. Ellis helped to save Paul G. Irwin from drowning, Campbellford, Ontario, June 19, 1960. While swimming in the Trent River, Paul, 8, was caught by the current and carried away from the bank into water eight feet deep. A man who could not swim tried to release a small boat from its moorings at the bank, and another man entered the water but was forced to return to the bank. Douglas, 12, schoolboy, ran into the water without delaying to remove any of his attire. He swam 25 feet, overtook Paul, and instructed him to hold him around the neck. Paul did so. Douglas attempted to swim toward the bank with him but could make no progress. Treading water, he supported Paul as together they drifted downstream. His legs began to ache, and once he was submerged to the top of his head. Douglas was greatly fatigued by the time the man reached them with the boat, in which he took them to the bank.
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