Frederick R. Jackson saved Addie Sullivan and attempted to save Ernest Howard from drowning, Clermont, Florida, January 20, 1970. At night a sedan containing Mrs. Sullivan, 52, her husband, and Howard, 42, laborer, plunged into a lake and began to sink in water 20 feet deep 80 feet from the bank. Jackson, 18, laborer, ran to the lake and saw Mrs. Sullivan and Howard in the automobile; but he was unaware that the husband had left the vehicle. Jackson entered the cold water, swam to the sedan, and opened a rear door. Mrs. Sullivan climbed out; and Jackson towed her 50 feet to wadable water. While his father aided Mrs. Sullivan to the bank, Jackson swam back to the sedan, from which Howard meanwhile had escaped. The vehicle sank completely. Jackson then saw Howard floundering nearby and swam to him. Howard grasped Jackson; and both were submerged. Underwater, Howard struggled with Jackson. He then released his holds; and Jackson surfaced. He trod water and looked about for Howard, who did not appear. Nearly exhausted from the struggle, Jackson slowly swam toward the bank. His father met him and aided him the last 25 feet. The bodies of Howard and Mrs. Sullivan’s husband were recovered later.
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