James Clayton Bailey saved Rocky A. Jobe from exposure, Calvert City, Kentucky, January 23, 1988. Jobe, 20, was stranded in the frigid water of the Tennessee River after falling from a barge on which he was working. Unable to swim in his water- logged heavy clothing, he was carried by the current toward midstream. Bailey, 41, business manager, was attracted from his office nearby. He immediately stripped to his underwear, jumped into the river, and swam about 110 feet to Jobe, taking with him a small piece of plastic. After pushing the plastic under Jobe, Bailey swam toward the bank, en route grasping a chain that had been lowered to the water from a crane. As they were being towed in by the crane, its boom struck a utility pole, and Bailey, fearing electrocution, released his grip of the chain. He swam the remaining distance to the bank, towing Jobe. Both men were exhausted and badly chilled, and they recovered.
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