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Seaman saves two people from capsized boat

Year 1897

Read by Sheridan Swallow – Trustee, Royal Humane Society

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McField, Wilson, Seaman.

At 2 a.m. on the morning of the 2nd December, 1897, while the schooner Dolphin was on a voyage from the coast port of Prinzapulca to Bluefields, Nicaragua, she was struck by a sudden squall, and capsized. The crew, who were on deck at the time, managed to reach the bottom of the upturned vessel. Two passengers who were in their cabin were not so fortunate, and were imprisoned there when the vessel went over.

In response to the repeated knocking of these men, it was decided by the crew to try and rescue them from their perilous position, and Wilson McField volunteered to make the attempt.

Taking a rope, he dived from the bottom of the schooner and found his way into the cabin where the men were, and giving them the rope, induced them to enter the water, when they were pulled on to the bottom of the Dolphin by the remainder of the crew, whence they were rescued by the s.s. Yulu.

The two men had been in the cabin about six hours before being liberated. Great risk was incurred, the rescue being effected in total darkness.

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