Richard G. Jordan helped to save Leanne C. and Jody R. Alexander from drowning, Ucluelet, British Columbia, July 29, 1987. Leanne, 12, and her brother, Jody, 9, were wading in the Pacific Ocean when they were carried seaward by a strong current. Separated from each other, they called for help. Jordan, 42, railroad conductor, was on the beach when he was alerted to the children’s plight. He Immediately entered the water, which was cold, and swam to Leanne. They made little progress toward shore because of the current. Another man from the beach swam out with an inner tube, to which Leanne then clung as she and the man swam to shore. Jordan then swam in search of Jody, whom he could not immediately see. Finding Jody at a point about 300 feet from the beach, Jordan grasped him and began to swim to shore. They were met by a woman who had swum out with an inner tube. Jody climbed atop the tube, and Jordan, whose legs and arms were becoming numb, and the woman swam to shore, towing Jody. Leanne and Jody were treated for hypothermia, and they recovered. Jordan also suffered from hypothermia, and he too recovered.
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