Michael Martin Meserve saved Michael S. Fortune from drowning, Neskowin, Oregon, August 12, 1983. While wading in the Pacific Ocean, Michael, 11, was swept out into deep water by a strong undertow and was unable to swim to shore. Attracted by cries for help from persons on the beach, Meserve, 16, high school student, ran into the ocean and swam to Michael. Calming Michael and obtaining a hold on him, Meserve swam against the current to wadable water, where others helped him remove Michael to the beach. Both boys recovered from the effects of the cold water.
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