Martin S. Kilgallon saved Robert A. Van Wart from drowning, Hull, Massachusetts, June 26, 1932. Robert, 9, fell from a rowboat, which was moored in water 20 feet deep 60 feet from the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. He carried by his exertions to a point 15 feet from the boat. Kilgallon, 39, who was fully clothed and whose vitality was low as a result of illness of many years, waded from shore and then swam 50 feet to Robert. Robert, who was dazed, grasped Kilgallon’s belt, and Kilgallon with great exertion swam 15 feet to the boat and pushed Robert on the gunwale. After resting briefly, he pushed Robert into the boat. Kilgallon was too weak to get into the boat, and, clinging to the gunwale, he called for help. A man who was a good swimmer swam to the mooring line and then towed the boat to shore. Kilgallon clung to the boat until he was drawn to wadable water and then waded to shore. He suffered from extreme weakness and nervousness for a day.
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