Ricky Don Bailey attempted to help save Brice L. Willis from drowning, St. Francisville, Louisiana, August 6, 1989. Brice, 8, was part of a group that was spending the evening at Thompson Creek. He was wading when he stepped into a hole and submerged in deep water. Bailey, 31, welder, and another man were alerted to the incident and immediately ran to the scene. Although he had a fused shoulder, the result of an injury he sustained several years earlier which then limited his swimming ability, Bailey entered the water and began to swim toward Brice. He tired, then struggled to stay afloat, and he called for help. The other man towed Bailey back to the bank. Brice was saved by another rescuer. Exhausted, Bailey was treated at the hospital for having nearly drowned, and he recovered.
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