Thomas W. Brown helped to save a man from drowning, North Wildwood, New Jersey, August 6, 2016. Two men, both in their 20s, were swimming in the Atlantic Ocean at twilight when they began to struggle to stay afloat and shouted for help. Brown, 55, sales executive, was on the beach and alerted to the situation. Despite diminished visibility, strong current, and large waves, Brown and another man on the beach entered the ocean with boogie boards and paddled and kicked to the two men, who were about 400 feet from shore. Brown grasped one of the men and told him to grasp the boogie board. With difficulty in the waves and current, the two began to kick toward shore, making limited progress. Officials from multiple agencies, including police, fire personnel and lifeguards, arrived with rescue equipment and entered the water. They swam to Brown and the man he was rescuing as well as the other two men and brought them to the beach. The two rescued men, arriving safely on shore, refused treatment at the scene. Brown was tired after the rescue; he recovered.
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