Wendell C. Hill died after attempting to assist in saving Brian R. Allan from drowning, Scotch Creek, British Columbia, August 3, 1969. When Brian, 15, high-school student, tried to swim to an anchored raft at Shuswap Lake, he became tired 90 feet from the beach and, floundering, began submerging intermittently in water 12 feet deep. A girl with Brian attempted to aid him but then called for assistance. Hill, 50, psychiatric nurse, was swimming at a point farther out and started toward Brian; while a young woman and one of Hill’s teenage sons entered the water from the beach. On reaching Brian, the son saw that Hill was gasping for air. He told his father to rest; and Hill floated on his back while the others took Brian to the beach. Hill then was no longer at the surface. His older son and another young man swam to the area, found Hill inert beneath the surface, and took him to the beach. Hill could not be revived.
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