Edward J. Duff attempted to save Sharon M. Collins from drowning, Torbay, Newfoundland, September 8, 1972. When Sharon, 16, fell from a cliff into an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean where the turbulent water was deep and cold, Edward, 15, high-school student, removed his jacket and dived in to aid her. He took Sharon to a rock at the base of the very steep cliff and secured footing there; but wave action in the inlet washed them back into the water. Again Edward took Sharon to the rocky ledge, and again they were washed off. Sharon drowned. Edward was swept against the rocks and was unable to climb out but held on until others pulled him from the water.
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