William Sieben, 25, carpenter, died attempting to save Phyllis L. Wills, 14, from drowning, Great Falls, Montana, June 12, 1938. While swimming in the Missouri River, Miss Wills became distressed in water six feet deep 20 feet from the bank. Sieben, who was clothed, waded and then swam six feet to Miss Wills, who was submerged to her forehead, and took hold of her wrist but immediately released her. Miss Wills then took hold of Sieben’s wrist, but her hold slipped off. Placing his hands on her shoulders, Sieben pulled Miss Wills a foot toward him; and then he sank. Miss Wills became unconscious and drifted 60 feet in a current of two miles an hour, and a man waded to her and took her to the bank. She was revived. Sieben’s body was recovered 35 minutes later, but he could not be revived.
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