George H. Eversaul, 19, farmhand, saved Walter H. Loyd, 17, schoolboy, from drowning, Deer Island, Oregon, August 20, 1930. While Walter was trying to swim across a slough of the Columbia River that was 200 feet wide, he got into distress at a point 75 feet from the bank he was trying to reach. Eversaul, who was deaf, was in wadable water 50 feet from him and 25 feet from the bank. A youth, who was a good swimmer, attracted Eversaul’s attention to Walter. Eversaul swam 50 feet to him, was grasped, and then freed himself. The youth swam to them, rendered slight aid to Walter, and then swam to the bank. Eversaul then took hold of Walter and tried to swim with him, but Walter struggled. Eversaul finally struck Walter. Supporting Walter, he then swam with difficulty 125 feet to the more distant bank. Walter was unconscious but was revived.
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