Katie M. Corrado helped to save Gregory A. Steirer from drowning, Beach Haven, New Jersey, May 28, 2006. While swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, Steirer, 26, called for help as he attempted to return to shore against a strong current in the very cold water. Hearing him, Corrado, 23, marketing assistant, and a friend, who were on the beach in the vicinity, immediately entered the water and swam out to him, reaching him at a point about 170 feet from shore. Also unable to return against the current, they struggled to support Steirer. Another man swam out to them from the beach, taking two short surfboards. Steirer and Corrado’s friend each lay atop one of the boards, after which Corrado swam to the side of a jetty that was in the vicinity. She attempted to climb onto it, but the rough water battered her against it. A responding police officer aided her to safety, after which she was given oxygen and then taken to the hospital for treatment of abrasions and contusions. Her friend, Steirer, and the other man reached shore safely, with aid from responding rescue personnel. Steirer also required hospital treatment, for hypothermia, and he recovered.
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