Phillip Lee Patrone saved a woman from drowning, Bellaire, Ohio, March 19, 1961. From a bridge across the Ohio River, a 40-year-old woman dropped 90 feet into water 16 feet deep and then was carried rapidly downstream by the strong current. Patrone, 23, student, was among a crowd attracted to the riverbank. Following the woman downstream, Patrone ran 600 feet and then descended the steep bank, twisting his ankle. He removed his outer attire, stepped into the cold water, and made a shallow dive to avoid scattered rocks near the bank. He then swam to the woman, who was 90 feet from the bank, and took hold of her by the wrist. Already very tired, Patrone with difficulty towed her 120 feet diagonally across the current to within 10 feet of the bank. A man then waded to them and aided the woman from the water. Patrone followed. The woman was hospitalized two weeks. Patrone was near exhaustion. Both recovered.
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