William R. Milisits died attempting to save a girl from drowning, Emerald Isle, North Carolina, August 28, 1995. A 12-year-old girl was swimming in the Atlantic Ocean with her parents and a friend when they were carried farther from shore by a strong current. They shouted for help. Milisits, 47, security guard for a nearby condominium complex, heard them. Responding to the scene, Milisits removed his shoes, entered the water, and swam to the girl. He grasped her by the hand but was then pulled farther out by the current. One of the other men who had entered the surf to rescue the girl and her friend then swam out to Milisits, who had lost consciousness and was floating face down. The man took Milisits to shore, but attempts to revive him were not successful.
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