Joseph P. Carleton, 20, student, died attempting to save Jane Curtiss, 27, from drowning, New Haven, Connecticut, July 11, 1948. A rowboat in which Mrs. Curtiss, her husband, and their three small children were riding in the Quinnipiac River capsized in water 14 feet deep. Curtiss placed the children upon the boat and clung to it as it drifted in a current of two miles an hour. Mrs. Curtiss drifted alone and called for help. Carleton fully clothed swam 170 feet to Mrs. Curtiss, who was 145 feet from the bank. She grasped him and struggled, and they were briefly submerged. Carleton towed her 60 feet with the current and she resumed struggling. He called for help, and a moment later they sank and were drowned. Curtiss and the children reached the bank safely.
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