Nelson Aguiar died attempting to save Tony J. Bulhao and Monica Michalek from drowning, Port Colborne, Ontario, August 21, 1995. Bulhao, 22, and Ms. Michalek, 20, were swimming in Lake Erie when they were caught in a very strong undertow. They yelled for help. On the beach, one of their friends, Aguiar, 21, kitchen manager, was alerted; he immediately entered the water and swam out toward them. When he had almost reached Ms. Michalek, who was closer to shore than Bulhao, waves broke over him, submerging him, and he too struggled, then called for help. A lifeguard from a nearby resort responded to the scene and entered the water. With difficulty, she returned Ms. Michalek to shore. Bulhao reached shore on his own, then was taken to the hospital for treatment. He recovered. Aguiar was shortly recovered from the surf, but he could not be revived; he had drowned.
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