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Anchorman saved from freezing waters

Year 1867

Read by Kate Fitzgerald – Supporter, Royal Humane Society

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At 7.15 A.M., on the 30th December 1867, whilst H.M.S. ” Lion ” was proceeding out of Lough Swilly under steam ; twilight and freezing ; ship going about six knots through the water ; depth of water about twelve fathoms ; John Dillon, A.B., who was employed in securing the anchor, slipped and fell overboard. Not being able to swim, he would certainly have been drowned, had not Charles Denny, A.B., jumped overboard from the anchor — only waiting to slip off his shoes — and succeeded in supporting him until the arrival of the cutter, when they were both picked up, Dillon being quite insensible and Denny much exhausted by cold and fatigue.

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