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17 Year old saves woman overboard

Year 1856

Read by Archie Thomson – Supporter, Royal Humane Society

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At Menai Bridge, on the 28th November 1856, previous to the sailing of the Liverpool steamer, an aged female, who has for many years supplied cakes to the passengers, accidentally fell over the stage into the sea in the presence of crowds of people ; but no one attempted to rescue her — the weather being very cold, with frost and snow — until Mr. John Timothy, aged seventeen, who did not see her fall, but was attracted by the cries of the people, immediately jumped in with all his clothes on, swam to her assistance, and supported her in the water until they were drifted by the current, which was running strongly at the time, to one of the mooring-chains of the stage, to which with the woman he clung until the boat came and rescued them from their perilous situation.

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