Joseph W. Riley, 21, student, saved Daffan Gilmer, 25, student, from drowning, Austin, Texas, May 5, 1931. While treading in water seven feet deep near an outlet two feet square that was 18 inches above the bottom of the swimming pool, Gilmer’s legs were pulled by strong suction into the outlet. He raised one hand above the surface. Riley, who was not feeling well and was slightly below his normal strength, was in the water four feet from Gilmer. He grasped Gilmer’s upraised hand and was pulled close to him. He then placed his feet against the wall astride of Gilmer and with both hands exerted great effort in an attempt to pull Gilmer out of the outlet. His grasp slipped, and Gilmer was carried through the outlet into the very rough and fast-flowing water of a creek. When Riley lost his grasp on Gilmer, he fell backward and felt his feet being drawn toward the outlet. He quickly grasped the edge of the wall above the outlet and climbed upon the wall. Although he was winded, he dived into the creek, swam to a point 50 feet beyond the pool, waded a few feet, and then got hold of Gilmer. He was too weak to take Gilmer from the water, and another young man waded to them and carried Gilmer to the bank. Riley was temporarily exhausted. Gilmer was unconscious but was revived.
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