Michael D. Stewart saved Samuel L. Tyson from drowning, Fernandina Beach, Florida, September 15, 1990. While swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, Tyson, 51, was pulled away from shore by a strong current, and he called for help. From a nearby beach house, Stewart, 42, property manager, and another man immediately ran to the water, partially disrobed, and swam toward Tyson, who by then was in excess of 200 feet out. After the other man turned and swam back to shore, Stewart reached Tyson, who was floating on his back, exhausted. Stewart positioned Tyson upright in the water and, from behind, pushed him toward shore while kicking. The same current that had pulled Tyson away from shore hampered their progress, and, en route, Stewart ceased his efforts momentarily to rest. After they reached wadable water, Tyson was helped onto the beach. Both men were exhausted, and they recovered within a few hours.
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