William Harold Boyd, 21, interior decorator’s assistant, died attempting to save M. Elizabeth Parkhurst, 21, from drowning, Hueneme, California, September 5, 1937. While bathing in the Pacific Ocean, Miss Parkhurst was swept from her footing by waves five feet high; and she drifted in a very strong current to unwadable water250 feet from shore. Boyd swam 25 feet to Miss Parkhurst, got hold of her, and tried to pull her toward shore but was unable to make headway. Miss Parkhurst and Boyd became separated and submerged repeatedly. Finally they drifted apart and farther from shore. Boyd called for help. Miss Parkhurst’s brother rescued her and then swam toward Boyd; but he was met by a swimmer who stated Boyd had drowned.
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