Ronald F. Russell helped to save Reinert R. Roaldsen from drowning, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, November 12, 1968. From a barge which had become grounded in the Atlantic Ocean 300 feet from shore in heavy surf, Roaldsen, 48, oil barge firewatcher, was swept overboard into oil-covered water six feet deep between waves as much as 20 feet high. He was submerged twice and then appeared to be inert. Russell, 32, hardware store clerk, noted that a human chain of about 25 five men was having difficulty trying to get to Roaldsen. Entering the cold water, Russell waded and swam about 285 feet through the heavy surf. He reached Roaldsen in turbulent water within 15 feet of the barge. With some difficulty Russell towed Roaldsen 20 feet and gave him to the lead man in the chain. Russell then swam and waded to shore as Roaldsen was taken in by the men in the chain.
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