Myrtle Disbennett, 24, telephone operator, saved Victor J. Ericson, 43, assistant car foreman, from drowning, Coronado Beach, Florida, July 30,1929. While Ericson was swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, he became fatigued and was carried by a current to a point 250 feet from shore. Miss Disbennett, who was not very robust, called to a youth and then swam 100 feet to Ericson and grasped him. With great exertion she swam toward shore, but a large wave separated them. Miss Disbennett swam 15 feet to Ericson, took hold of him with one hand, and swam to a point 170 feet from shore. The youth then arrived, and he and Miss Disbennett swam 20 feet with Ericson. Miss Disbennett was winded, and she released her hold of Ericson and swam a few feet to wadable water. A few seconds later she swam again to Ericson and helped to take him to wadable water.
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