Paul James Dusha assisted in saving Kevin G. Agdanowski and Robert Martin from drowning, Bay City, Michigan, April 25, 1970. Kevin, 11, schoolboy, and Martin, 50, plant superintendent, were in an aluminum canoe in Saginaw Bay; and when the craft capsized in deep water, they clung to it and were carried farther from shore by the surface current. A Coast Guard boat dispatched to get Kevin and Martin arrived at the scene. Paul, a7, high school student, was among persons watching from shore and, when he saw that the Coast Guard was searching in the wrong area, he entered the water to try to direct them to Kevin and Martin. By the time Paul had swum a mile, he was fatigued from the cold water; and Kevin and Martin had drifted even farther from shore. The men on the Coast Guard boat spotted Paul and took him aboard. He reported the location of the overturned canoe. The Coast Guard boat proceeded to a mile and a quarter from shore, found Kevin and Martin still clinging to the capsized craft, and took them aboard, returning all to shore.
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