Paul AIton Cook, Sr., 41, letter carrier, saved Anthony C. Antoun, 34, from drowning, Bromley, Kentucky, July 2, 1967. At night Antoun, a very poor swimmer, fell overboard from a cabin cruiser moving downstream in the Ohio River about 1,300 feet from the bank. He struggled to stay afloat but was submerged intermittently. The pilot of the cruiser directed the beam of a spotlight on Antoun and began to turn the craft. Noting that Antoun’s efforts were weakening and that he was submerging more frequently, Cook jumped from the boat without delaying to remove any of his attire. With difficulty he swam 300 feet to where Antoun by then had lost consciousness and was floating just beneath the surface in water about 20 feet deep. Although somewhat tired and winded, Cook drew Antoun to the surface and towed him 200 feet to the cruiser. By that time Cook nearly was exhausted. After aiding others in the boat in lifting Antoun from the water, Cook held to the side of the cruiser rested briefly, and then also was pulled aboard. Antoun recovered after being revived.
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