Warren Crane Crunden died attempting to save Lee W. Peck from drowning, Brant Beach, New Jersey, April 16, 1984. Peck, 44, and Crunden, 53, banker, were sailing in the Atlantic Ocean with two other men when, at night, severe weather and rough seas caused Peck to be knocked overboard by the boat’s boom. Crunden and the others threw him a life preserver and pulled him to the side of the boat, but they were unable to lift him in. Crunden jumped into the water for Peck and established a hold on him, but Peck submerged. The men on board pulled Crunden to the side of the boat, but they were unable to pull him aboard. He drowned. Peck was not found.
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