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Inexperienced 14 Year old swimmer saves sister

Year 1857

Read by Molly York – Supporter, Royal Humane Society

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On the 13th of July 1857, a little girl named Caroline E. Forbes accidentally fell from a wooden pier run out 200 yards from the shore near Geneva, and was carried some distance out by the current, and would in all probability have been drowned but for the intrepid conduct of her brother. Master E. Forbes, aged fourteen, son of the Rev. K Forbes of Douglas, Isle of Man, who gallantly plunged into the water, swam to her assistance, and with one arm supporting her brought her safely back to the breakwater, and gave her to a bystander in a very exhausted state, who took her to the nearest house. Young Forbes was too much exhausted by his exertions and the weight of his clothes to get out of the water unassisted, but luckily a workman, who had come to the spot, assisted him up from a scaffolding round the breakwater to which he was clinging. It further appeared that Edward Forbes is but an imperfect swimmer, having only lately learned to swim.

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