Peter G. Chirke saved two women from drowning, Jenner, California, July 12, 1999. Two women, ages 46 and 42, were standing at the waterline of a Pacific Ocean beach when they lost their footing and were washed into deeper water, made turbulent by large breakers and a very strong backwash. They were tossed about in the surf, unable to regain their footing. Standing on shore, Chirke, 54, salesman, saw the women in the water and ran to a point on the beach opposite them. He entered the ocean and, wading against the breakers and backwash, made his way to the older woman. He grasped her and pulled her to a point near shore, where another man secured her. Chirke then turned and re-entered the rough water for the younger woman, who had been carried farther out and was submerged. Chirke found her after a few moments’ searching, then grasped her and pulled her to shore, where others assisted her. The women were stunned but required no medical treatment.
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