Otis R. Knight, 19, stenographer, died in an attempt to save Marie I. Gridelli, 16, from drowning, Berwind, West Virginia, June 22, 1926. While Marie was swimming in the Dry Fork of the Tug Fork of the Big Sandy River, she got into distress 30 feet from the bank. Knight, fully clothed, swam 25 feet to her and took hold of her. They were momentatily submerged. Knight then tried to swim as he held Marie with one arm, but he made no progress. When he had supported her about a minute, a fresh swimmer arrived and took Marie to shore. Knight began to sink and asked for help. After another man had made a slight effort to aid Knight, but he left him and Knight sank and was drowned.
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