Victor L. Ng attempted to save Mario E. Mendez from drowning, Amesbury, Massachusetts, June 15, 1991. Fishing off Deer Island in the Merrimack River, Mendez, 25, attempted to return to the island from an area of exposed rocks. He began to flounder in the rising tide, which had isolated the rocks. A friend, Ng, 19, stock clerk, who was on the island, entered the river and swam to him. A struggle ensued, Mendez submerging Ng, and the current began to carry them away. Another fisherman entered the water, recovered Ng, and took him to a boat that had arrived. Ng was hospitalized overnight and treated for near drowning, and he recovered. Mendez drowned.
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