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Men save Palestinian group from drowning at sea

Year 1939

Read by Felix Chapman-Smith – Supporter, Royal Humane Society

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King, William, Corporal, C.R.M.P.
Bensley, Denis, Lance Bombardier, R.H.A.

Between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on the 13th August, 1939, at Khayat Beach, Haifa, Palestine, a group of men were bathing in a rough sea with a dangerous undertow, this being an unauthorized place for bathing.

About 2.10 p.m. one man got into difficulties and called for help. King, swimming 100 yards out, swam out a further 300 yards and brought the man to shore.

At 2.45 p.m. five or six men were seen in difficulties and being carried out to sea. King again swam out and brought in one man who was suffering from cramp. Bensley, meantime had brought back two men to shallow water. King and Bensley once again swam out, bringing two others to shore.

Their attention being directed to another man, they swam out, but he disappeared when they were within ten yards of him. King was now exhausted, and Bensley, who is a very good swimmer, assisted him ashore.

Sea very rough, with stronger undertow than usual. Normally 100 yards out before one is out of depth. Rescue took place 300 – 400 yards out in deep water.

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