Kurt A. Buffington died attempting to save Shane C. Kulchyski from drowning, Marquette, Michigan, October 4, 1988. Kulchyski, 18, was swept off a breakwater by a large wave into a harbor of Lake Superior. He called for help. A friend who was nearby on the breakwater, Buffington, 18, college student, immediately removed his jacket and boots, ran out onto the breakwater, and dived into the 47-degree water. He swam to Kulchyski, who had submerged several times. Buffington remained with Kulchyski for several minutes, after which both men submerged and did not reappear. They were recovered from the lake the following day, both having succumbed to the effects of their ordeal.
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