Harvey H. Haley, 45, superintendent of schools, rescued William M. Tanner, 41, traffic manager, from a shark attack and drowning, Folly Beach, South Carolina, July 13, 1938. While Tanner was standing in the Atlantic Ocean in water three feet deep with swells three feet high 225 feet from shore, his ankle was seized by a shark. He braced his other foot in the sand and repeatedly beat the shark with his fists. Haley, who was six feet from Tanner, was struck by the shark just before it attacked Tanner; and he lunged to Tanner, got hold of his wrist, and pulled backward to prevent Tanner’s being taken into deeper water. He felt the shark under Tanner and kicked at it. The shark released its hold and did not attack again. Haley then aided Tanner, who hobbled on one foot, to wade to shore. Tanner’s foot was badly mangled, but he recovered.
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