James B. Waldron, 39, newspaper reporter, died attempting to save Stanley W. Nelson, 29, tool maker, from drowning, East Sandwich, Massachusetts, July 7, 1949. Nelson was swept into deep water in Cape Cod Bay by waves three feet high and called for aid. A man reached him but was unable to tow him toward shore because of the waves. Waldron was apprised of the accident by a woman on the beach and ran 340 feet to the water. He waded 55 feet to the edge of a sand-bar and then swam 25 feet to Nelson, who was exhausted. They remained close together for a minute, drifting 30 feet. A wave then separated them, Nelson being carried to another sand-bar. He was aided to shore by a man holding a rope. Waldron was carried farther into deep water by a strong undertow and was seen floating inert 300 feet from shore. He was brought to shore 15 minutes later but could not be revived.
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