Thomas M. DiCapua, Jr., died attempting to help save Raymond Pereira from drowning, Bay Shore, New York, July 12, 1981. Raymond, 13, was wading in the Atlantic Ocean off Robert Moses State Park when a rip current began to carry him seaward. He cried out for help. DiCapua, 23, carpenter, and another man swam to Raymond. Though caught in the current themselves, they supported Raymond briefly and pushed him toward shore before submerging. Raymond was rescued shortly after by two park employees. DiCapua drowned; his body was washed ashore later. The other man also drowned.
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