Fred Houchen, 57, fisherman, saved Everett O. Evans, 45, fisherman, and attempted to save Henry T. Hartmann, 45, fisherman, from drowning, Depoe Bay, Oregon, October 25, 1938. When a raft on which they were riding overturned in Depoe Bay, Evans and Hartmann clung to the raft and drifted in water 12 feet deep in a channel connecting the bay and the Pacific Ocean. The water was unusually rough with choppy waves four feet high and breakers six to nine feet high. Owners of motor-boats in the bay would not risk going into the channel. Houchen rowed a small boat to a point five feet from the raft, where it was overturned. Houchen swam and drifted in a strong current 90 feet to rocks at the shore. Meanwhile Evans and Hartmann lost their holds, and Hartmann was drowned. Evans was washed against the rocks and was seriously injured. He got within reach of Houchen, who took hold of him but was unable to lift him. Waves broke over them five times. Men then held hands, formed a chain, and pulled Evans from the water. He recovered. Houchen climbed from the water and was somewhat bruised.
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