Lyla M. Snover saved Terry L. Rohman from drowning, Coupeville, Washington, July 18, 1961. When Terry, 13, fell from a cruising motorboat into deep water in Keystone Basin, his father left the controls and dived into the water to aid him. He took hold of Terry’s arm and then grasped the gunwale of the boat as Terry’s mother, who never before had piloted the craft alone steered it close to them. The father’s hand slid onto the throttle rod and caused the craft to increase speed, drawing Terry beneath the surface. Fearing Terry might drown, the father released him and with great effort climbed aboard the moving boat as his wife steered it. Attracted to the bank with other persons, Mrs. Snover, 27, waitress, saw Terry floating inert in deep water. She removed her dress and shoes, dived into the cold water, and began swimming toward Terry as his father stopped the motorboat. By the time she had swum 220 feet to Terry, Mrs. Snover was tired from effects of the cold water and winded. Although Terry was larger than she, Mrs. Snover supported him until a man who had followed her in a dinghy reached them. After climbing into the boat with much effort, Mrs. Snover aided the man in pulling Terry aboard. She then attempted to revive Terry as the man paddled the boat back to the bank. Terry was removed to a hospital and recovered.
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