Lawrence E. Weaver, Jr., saved James R. Scribner, Sr., from drowning, Gulfport, Mississippi, April 30, 1969. At night at a loading dock in Gulfport harbor, Scribner, 60, business executive who could not swim, tripped and fell into water 35 feet deep between the dock and a moored cargo ship. Weaver, 24, highway patrolman, was on the dock and jumped fully clothed into the water 25 feet below, where there was some debris. When he surfaced he saw that Scribner was inert and floating face down. Swimming to Scribner, who by then had sunk, Weaver brought him to the surface and revived him. By that time Weaver’s boots had filled with water and his legs were tiring; but he towed Scribner to the narrow space between the ship and the dock. Another man removed some of his attire and entered the water with rope held by persons on the dock. Scribner and Weaver held to the rope until a life ring was thrown to them. After placing the ring around Scribner, Weaver and the other man towed him about 200 feet to shore.
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