Theodore Hansen died helping to save Justin P. Allen from drowning, Oxnard, California, June 17, 1987. Justin, 4, was wading in the Pacific Ocean near the beach when he was carried into deeper water by a strong current. Fishing nearby, Hansen, 38, tile setter, waded a short distance then swam several hundred feet to Justin. He helped Justin remain afloat, then lost consciousness. Another man swam to Justin and began to take him to the beach. En route, the man was aided by an arriving lifeguard. Justin required hospital treatment for hypothermia. Recovered by lifeguards, Hansen could not be revived.
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