Robert Louis Meyer saved Dennis R. Jackson from drowning, Calistoga, California, April 22, 1962. From a raft moored in a reservoir, Dennis, 12, started to swim to the bank 110 feet away. Already tired from extensive swimming earlier, he became exhausted 55 feet from the bank, called for help, and was submerged briefly in water 25 feet deep. Robert, 13, schoolboy, who had dressed after swimming and still was somewhat tired, kicked off his shoes and entered the water from the opposite bank. He swam 200 feet and reached Dennis, who outweighed him by 40 pounds and was taller. Dennis, who meanwhile had been submerged twice and swallowed water, turned to face Robert, flailing his arms wildly. Both were submerged. Under water Robert turned Dennis around and pushed him upward. Both surfaced. Dennis was very weak but still conscious. Although his progress slowed as he steadily became more tired, Robert towed Dennis 50 feet to water barely wadable for him five feet from the bank. Robert’s father then waded into the water and took Dennis to the bank as Robert followed.
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