G. Frederick Savery, 23, oysterman, saved Roy D. Holmes, 50, laborer, from drowning, Cotuit, Massachusetts, May 7, 1938. When a scow on which he was working sank 1,500 feet from shore in North Bay, Holmes swam 15 feet from the scow and then was submerged. He was heavily clothed and wore hip-length boots. The water was 20 feet deep and was very cold. Removing only his boots, Savery dived from another scow and swam 50 feet to the point at which Holmes had been submerged, plunged six feet under the surface, got hold of Holmes, and then swam to the surface. Holmes was unconscious. Savery then with great effort swam towing Holmes 100 feet to the scow, which had drifted; and exerting himself to his utmost, he pushed Holmes onto the scow. After resting briefly, Savery with great effort got the upper part of his body over the gun-wale but was too exhausted to get entirely out of the water. Soon thereafter a man in a motor-boat arrived and removed Savery and Holmes from the scow. Holmes was revived.
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