Roy E. Long, 10, schoolboy, saved James R. Snider, 23, deck hand, from drowning, Powell River, British Columbia, June 11, 1965. When a young woman suffered cramps while swimming in Malaspina Strait, she grasped Snider and struggled with him in water 15 feet deep 100 feet from shore. Both called for help. A man who was an excellent swimmer swam to them and aided the young woman to the beach. Roy swam to Snider, who was much taller and heavier than he. Snider grasped Roy by the arms, and both were submerged briefly. Roy, who had swallowed some water, could not free himself. A 12-year-old girl arrived and extended her hand to Snider. He grasped it but continued to hold Roy. The girl towed them 10 feet toward shore, during which time Roy was submerged briefly twice. The girl then released Snider and swam to the beach. With Snider’s arm tightly wrapped around him, Roy used his feet for propulsion and swam 40 feet toward shore, being forced under several times. Choking from water he had swallowed, he continued toward the beach. Snider became exhausted and loosened his hold. Roy towed Snider 40 feet farther to wadable water.
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