Ruth Davis, 31, housewife, helped to save Gordon J. and Robert R. Pratt, 26, and 23, respectively, pressmen, and Daniel R. Faulkner, 27, emulsion melter, from drowning, Irondequoit, New York, December 11, 1950. During a snowstorm, a motor-boat in which Gordon, his brother Robert, and Faulkner were riding on Irondequoit Bay capsized in cold water 40 feet deep 1000 feet from shore. The men held to the boat and drifted in waves a foot high. Mrs. Davis with difficulty rowed 1750 feet to them in a light boat of plywood construction. She assisted Gordon into the boat and drew Robert and Faulkner to the stern, supporting them at the surface for 15 minutes with a hold on the jacket of each man. A policeman reached them in a heavily-constructed rowboat 16 feet long and maneuvered it to her boat, which had freeboard of only three inches. Taking hold of Robert and Faulkner, who were semiconscious, the police-man pulled them from the water. Mrs. Davis stepped into the larger boat. The policeman with great effort rowed to shore towing the other boat. Robert and Faulkner were revived. They and Gordon were numbed and exhausted and were hospitalized a week. Mrs. Davis was chilled, tired, and extremely nervous but recovered in two days.
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