Karl K. Klees died attempting to save Charles E. Derr from drowning, Catawissa, Pennsylvania, May 28, 1935. Derr, 28, swam from wadable water in a pool in Catawissa Creek to a rock that rose vertically from the creek bed 30 inches below a dam and stood on the rock in water four and a half feet deep. Water around the rock was seven to nine and a half feet deep. Ten inches of water was flowing over the dam. There were strong irregular currents near the rock. Less than a minute after reaching the rock, Derr slipped from it into water nine and a half feet deep. His head twice reappeared briefly. Klees, 20, farmhand, swam from wadable water 35 feet to the churned area near the rock and then sank and did not reappear. Both Derr and Klees were drowned.
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