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Miss Hackett saves young girl from drowning in Ireland

Year 1889

Read by Anais from Queen’s College – Supporter, Royal Humane Society

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Hackett, S.M., Miss.

On the 30th August, 1889, a young girl, whilst out bathing at Shankill, Co. Dublin, was carried beyond her depth.

Miss S.M. Hackett, being attracted by her cries for help at once rushed into the water with her clothes on, but finding that she could not reach her without swimming, returned to the shore, took off a portion of her clothing, and at the peril of her own life swam to the drowning girl, who at once clutched her round the neck and body, thus preventing her swimming back to the shore.

It was only with the greatest difficulty and self-possession that Miss Hackett kept the other girl afloat until a boat came out to their assistance. They were fifty or sixty yards from shore in twelve or fifteen feet of water.

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