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Insurance clerk saves drowning man

Year 1911

Read by Justina Gilbert – Trustee, Royal Humane Society

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Thomas, Charles John, Insurance Clerk.

At 1.30 p.m. on the 6th August, 1911, the fishing boat Honour with a pleasure party on board was off the Nore lightship when the boat which was making twelve knots, jibbed, and the main-sail, swinging round, caught Harry Saunders, who was at the tiller, knocking him overboard. A heavy sea was running, which quickly carried him 200 yards astern, and being heavily clothed his position was most dangerous. Charles John Thomas, insurance clerk, plunged in from the boat, and swimming against the tide reached Saunders and succeeded in keeping him afloat for nearly a quarter of an hour, when they were picked up in a most exhausted state by the dinghy of the fishing boat.

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