Lance D. Jackson, 16, schoolboy, died attempting to save Richard Robinson, 17, schoolboy, from drowning, Bolton Landing, New York, May 29, 1965. Robinson, Jackson, another youth, and a schoolteacher were in a motorboat on Lake George when the propeller struck a submerged rock and sheared the pin. While Robinson and Jackson were at the stem repairing the damage, the other youth and the teacher rowed. Robinson, a poor swimmer, fell overboard a 150 feet from shore. Without saying anything or removing any of his attire, Jackson dived into the cold water, which was 20 feet deep. The teacher, a fair swimmer, noted that Jackson seemed to be having trouble as he attempted to swim to the aid of Robinson, who was alternately sinking and rising. Jackson said he was all right but urged the teacher to aid Robinson, who had submerged except for one hand. The teacher dived from the boat, which was 10 feet from Jackson. By then Robinson was completely submerged. The teacher surfaced and swam toward the point where Jackson meanwhile also had sunk. Neither Robinson nor Jackson reappeared. Numbed by the cold, the teacher returned to the boat. Help was summoned, and the bodies of Robinson and Jackson were recovered.
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