Wayne Winn helped to save Sergio A. Pimentel and died attempting to save Rene A. Pimentel from drowning, Barview, Oregon, July 2, 1997. Sergio, 14, and his brother Rene, 15, were in wadable water of the Pacific Ocean when they and another boy were pulled by a strong undertow farther out, into water beyond their depth. They struggled toward shore. While walking on the beach, Winn, 40, hostler, was alerted to their situation. He immediately disrobed to a pair of shorts then entered the water and swam out to the boys. Others also entered the water in rescue attempts. Reaching Sergio, Winn established a hold on him. He towed Sergio partway to shore, then released his hold, telling Sergio he was returning for Rene. Winn swam back out, toward Rene, but was lost from view. The boys, aided by others, returned to safety; they were exhausted but they recovered. A half-hour later, Winn was located by authorities at a point about 500 feet from shore. Resuscitation efforts were not successful, as he had drowned.
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