Teddy Spruill died after helping to save Patricia A. Malbone from drowning, Corolla, North Carolina, May 24, 1992. Swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, Ms. Malbone, 32, struggled against a strong current as she attempted to return to shore. She called for help. A member of her party, Spruill, 31, farmhand, had just made it back to shore himself. Alerted to her situation, he immediately re-entered the water, swam to Ms. Malbone, and positioned her on his back. Spruill started to swim to shore with her in that fashion, then they attempted to swim in together, while grasping hands. After they became separated in the water, Ms. Malbone struggled to shore alone, and Spruill was carried farther out. He submerged and drowned, and his body was recovered from the ocean five days later.
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