Homer A. Tompkins died attempting to save Lucille Bassett and F. Elizabeth Trantham from drowning, Mayport, Florida, August 28, 1930. While wading in Fort George Inlet, Elizabeth, 5, stepped into water 10 feet deep in a hole 50 feet in diameter, and immediately afterward Lucille, 8, got into the hole. Elizabeth’s father waded toward them and unexpectedly got into the deep water. Lucille held to him briefly and then drifted farther from the shore. Homer, 17, schoolboy, who could not swim and was clothed, hurriedly waded toward the girls from shore, stepped into the hole, and went under the surface four feet from Elizabeth. The top of his head appeared, and he then sank and was drowned. Both girls were saved, Lucille by her father and Elizabeth by another man.
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