Lawrence O. Martin died saving Joseph C. Carlin from drowning, Gueydan, Louisiana, June 2, 1935. While wading and pulling a rope at one end of a seine, Carlin, 27, stepped into water nine to 10 feet deep in a drainage ditch and was briefly submerged. He released the rope and drifted to a point midway the mouth of a recess that extended 25 feet from the bank of the ditch and was 30 feet wide. From wadable water Martin, 38, dived over the seine and swam under the surface for 15 feet to Carlin, who was submerged. Carlin’s head and shoulders then appeared above the surface, and he was taken by Martin, who swam under water, 20 feet to a point close to the bank of the recess, the top of Martin’s head appearing at intervals at Carlin’s side. A man stood in water near the bank and pulled Carlin, who was unconscious, to the bank. Martin sank and was drowned. Carlin was revived.
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