Edward Lee Clark died attempting to save Richard J. Sparkman from drowning, Manalapan, Florida, March 30, 1986. While wading in the Atlantic Ocean, Richard, 14, became caught in a strong current and was carried away from the beach. He called for help. Having helped others from the current earlier, Clark, 36, truck driver, who was on an outing at the beach with his family, entered the water and began to swim toward Richard, as did another man. The other man swam with Richard to shallow water, where they were helped to shore. Clark was carried beyond Richard by the current, and he drowned.
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