Gershom McCaleb died attempting to save Christina L. Jones from drowning, St. Maurice, Louisiana, July 10, 1986. After entering an area of deep, murky water in the Red River to rescue her six-year-old sister, Christina, 10, struggled to stay afloat in the swift current and called out for help. A friend on the nearby bank, Gershom, 15, student, dived into the river, swam to Christina, and supported her briefly before he was pulled away by the current and submerged. He surfaced and grasped a passing limb but then submerged and did not reappear. He drowned. Christina and her sister were rescued by their brother.
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