Paul Corcoran helped to save Mary L. Ciaramitaro from drowning, Revere, Massachusetts, October 13, 2010. Ciaramitaro, 58, was the passenger in an automobile that in a highway accident left the roadway, went down a rocky embankment, and entered Diamond Creek. The vehicle began to submerge as it was carried away by a tidal current. Ciaramitaro crawled from the car, which then submerged, and struggled to stay afloat in the cold, murky water. Other motorists, including Corcoran, 59, marketing director, had stopped at the scene. He entered the creek and swam about 150 feet out to Ciaramitaro, reaching her just after another motorist who had swum out. Corcoran and the other motorist held Ciaramitaro by her hands and swam against the tidal current toward the bank. As they proceeded, they came upon a submerged sandbar and were able to stand atop it to await help. Responding firefighters took Ciaramitaro to the bank and then returned for Corcoran and the other motorist. Divers located the car and recovered the body of the driver. Ciaramitaro, Corcoran, and the other motorist all required hospitalization for treatment of ill effects sustained in the accident and rescue, Corcoran suffering a heart attack. He recovered.
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