Robert Clifton Cowan, Jr., saved A. Emmette Favre, Jr., from drowning, Gulfport, Mississippi, May 8, 1931. At night, Emmette, 17, schoolboy, toppled from a 50-foot launch into Mississippi Sound at a point four miles from shore. The launch, which was operated by a boatman who was not very proficient, moved farther from him, and he trod water and maintained himself at the surface with great difficulty. After a time the launch was moved closer to him, and by means of a light that was swung from side to side, he was dimly seen at a point 75 feet from the launch. Robert, 16, schoolboy, and several swimmers were aboard the launch. Robert, who was partially clothed, dived and swam through rough water 75 feet to Emmette. Holding him, Robert swam 65 feet toward the launch, which had stopped, and then grasped the end of a rope that was tossed to him and was drawn to the launch. Persons on board pulled Emmette upon the launch, and Robert was given a hand as he climbed aboard. Emmette then lapsed into unconsciousness but was soon revived.
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