Garfield G. Babcock died attempting to save H. Edward and John A. Thorneloe from drowning, Weston, Ontario, April 15, 1972. Edward, 18, and his brother John, 15, students, were canoeing in the Humber River when their craft went over a low dam and capsized in the turbulent water below it. Babcock, 24, physical education teacher, jumped into the cold water and swam toward Edward and John. Before he could reach them, he was caught by the undertow below the dam and carried into the turbulent area. After being submerged briefly a number of times, Babcock lost consciousness, sank, and did not reappear. Edward and John, also unconscious, drifted downstream. Edward was retrieved by a constable but could not be revived. The bodies of John and, later, Babcock were recovered farther downstream.
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