Timothy J. Costello helped to save Bruce L. Ellis from drowning, Coronado, California, June 19, 1987. Bruce, 13, was pulled seaward by a strong rip current while playing in the Pacific Ocean near the beach. Timothy, 16, high school student, swam 300 feet to Bruce, who panicked and submerged him. Unable to swim with Bruce against the current toward shore, Timothy supported Bruce for about 30 minutes, until a lifeguard arrived and took Bruce to safety. Timothy, cold and tired, swam to shore. Bruce was hospitalized overnight for treatment, and he recovered.
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