Gerard F. Dean helped attempt to save Calvin C. Kohart from drowning, Wading River, New York, October 6, 2003. Calvin, 14, struggled to stay afloat in Long Island Sound at a point about 300 feet from shore after the canoe he and two other boys had been using capsized. They shouted for help. Working at a house on a bluff overlooking the scene, Dean, 38, swimming pool service technician, saw the boys’ situation and immediately responded to the shoreline. Removing his shirts and boots, Dean entered the water and waded, then swam, to Calvin, the other boys having made it to wadable water. Dean grasped Calvin by his attire and returned toward shore, with difficulty against a strong current. Submerging, swallowing water, and tiring in the cold water, Dean called out for help. A coworker took one end of a line out to Dean, enabling him, with Calvin, to be pulled the remaining distance to shore, where Dean lost consciousness. He was revived at the scene, then was taken to the hospital, where he was treated for hypothermia. He subsequently developed acute renal failure and required a hospital stay. He recovered. Calvin could not be revived.
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