Wesley D. Clarence, 29, road construction inspector, attempted to save Leland L. and Harlan Outie, 6 and 5, respectively, from drowning, Tuba City, Arizona, January 22, 1963. Leland and Harlan ventured onto an ice-covered pond and walked to 45 feet from the bank, where they broke through and were submerged in water 10 feet deep in an area filled with ice chunks. The temperature was 20 degrees. A 10-year-old girl saw Leland rise to the surface inert and shouted for help. A number of men arrived, but none had gone to the aid of the boys when Clarence reached the pond. Only Leland then was at the surface, where he floated face down. Removing his shoes and jacket, Clarence dived into the water and surfaced gasping for breath. He swam between the chunks of ice to Leland and turned him onto his back. Others shouted to him that Harlan also was in the water. Breathing with difficulty, Clarence probed the water and then dived from the surface but failed to find Harlan. Allen E. Landry arrived, saw Clarence with Leland, and learned that another boy was in the water. Clarence towed Leland to near the bank and, after a man aided him from the water, began artificial respiration. Meanwhile Landry had undressed to his underwear. He entered the water and, breathing with difficulty, waded and swam to 45 feet from the bank. Landry dived to the bottom and probed for Harlan without success. He then swam five feet farther, dived again, and probed that area until he could not hold his breath any longer. He surfaced for air and twice more tried in vain to locate Harlan beneath the surface. Experiencing tightening of his leg muscles, Landry swam with effort to wadable water, from where a man aided him to the bank. Leland could not be revived. Police later recovered the body of Harlan.
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