Winfield H. Winslow, 24, warehouseman, rescued Raymond F. Doughty, 28, deckhand, from burning, South Portland, Maine, December 31, 1935. Doughty was burned when an explosion occurred in a wooden tank-ship containing 12,000 gallons of gasoline. He was observed first in a burning dory without oars 10 feet from the ship’s stern at a point 50 feet from a dock, where the water was 20 feet deep. His clothing was afire, and he could not swim. Winslow slid down a hose to weak ice 18 feet below the dock, walked to the edge eight feet from the dock, and as the ice gave way, dived to open water. He swam 25 feet to the stern of the ship, from which rose flames eight to 10 feet high. Taking hold of a fender, he worked himself around the stern, submerging twice because of the heat. Doughty meanwhile climbed from the dory and held to the gunwale nearest Winslow. Winslow swam 10 feet to a life-preserver that had been cast from the dock, swam 10 feet farther to Doughty, and put the life-preserver over his head and then under his arms. Towing Doughty toward the bank, Winslow passed near the stern of the ship, thought his hair was afire, and submerged momentarily, taking Doughty with him. Winslow towed Doughty five feet farther and caught the end of a rope, which was thrown from the dock; and both were dragged to the dock. Another man and Winslow then fastened the rope around Doughty, who was lifted to the dock. The other man then was hoisted. Winslow tried to climb out on the ice, but it broke under him, and he broke ice 10 feet to the opposite side of the dock. A ladder was lowered to him; and he was hoisted on it, being too numb to climb it. Doughty died from burns four days later.
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