Laurie Chemsak-Mackie saved Roberto J. Belton from drowning, Richmond, California, August 1, 1993. Roberto, 11, called for help as he struggled in the water of San Francisco Bay while attempting to return to shore. Ms. Chemsak-Mackie, 30, administrative manager, was fishing from shore in the vicinity. She immediately ran to a point opposite Roberto, then entered the water and swam about 600 feet to him. Ms. Chemsak-Mackie grasped Roberto with one arm and, as Roberto grasped her about the waist, swam toward shore with the other. They were submerged a few times en route. Reaching wadable water near shore, they were aided from the bay by others. Roberto was examined at the scene, then was returned home. Ms. Chemsak- Mackie was nearly exhausted, but she recovered.
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