George W. Quarm saved Sabrena D. Terry from drowning, Glen Allen, Mississippi, December 25, 1983. Sabrena 12, a non-swimmer broke through the ice on Lake Washington about 100 feet from the bank and plunged into water about 12 feet deep. Alerted, Quarm 32, custom harvester, walked, then crawled about 55 feet on the ice before it broke under him. He swam the remaining distance to Sabrena. After a brief struggle, he obtained a hold on her and, breaking the ice as he went, swam with her to a cypress tree growing in the lake. They climbed out of the water into a fork of the tree and waited in the 10-degree temperature for two men, who had been alerted, to arrive with a boat. The men took Quarm and Sabrena to the bank. Quarm and Sabrena were treated at the hospital for hypothermia, and they recovered; also, Quarm recovered from frostbite he had sustained to three fingers.
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