Griffin W. Holtzclaw died saving two girls from drowning, Laguna Beach, Florida, April 28, 1984. Two unidentified girls, both about 13, found themselves in deep water in the Gulf of Mexico when their raft was pulled away from shore by a strong undertow and upset by waves. They screamed for help. From the beach, Holtzclaw, 46, air traffic controller, ran into the water and swam about 200 feet to the nearest girl. He took her back to wadable water, then turned and swam a greater distance to the second girl. He supported her until a man arrived with a raft, which the three used to get back to shore. There, Holtzclaw could not be revived.
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