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Five lives saved in Shark Infested Waters

Year 1878

Read by Martin Constable – Supporter, Royal Humane Society

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December 14, 1878

Charles H. Hodge of Roseau, Island of Dominica, West Indies, was the means of saving five lives from drowning off St. Joseph.

On the 14th December, 1878, a boat containing six persons (the salvor being one of them) started a plank when under sail about four miles from shore. The crew turned her over and got rid of the ballast; they then attempted to pull towards shore, but the boat became waterlogged and they could make no headway, on the contrary they found themselves drifting out to sea. Hodge volunteered to swim ashore for assistance, which almost incredible feat he accomplished against the wind and tide, arriving on the beach at 4 a.m. on the morning of the 15th. Obtaining assistance, he pushed off again in a boat, and succeeded in rescuing his companions, who were found still clinging to the boat seven miles from shore.

The waters off St. Joseph are infested with sharks.

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