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Yachtsman saves drowning colleague

Year 1912

Read by Sam Chapman – Supporter, Royal Humane Society

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Davies, Frederick Bryan, Clerk.

At 1 p.m. on the 16th June, 1912, Frederick B. Davies and Thomas J. Holt were in a small sailing boat off Canvey Island at the mouth of the Thames, when a sudden squall struck the boat, nearly capsizing her, and throwing Mr. Holt overboard.

Mr. Davies at once dropped anchor and lowered the sail, then seeing that his companion could not regain the boat and was becoming exhausted, he jumped in to his assistance and supported him for some eight minutes, he being then in an unconscious state, when another boat came on the scene and picked them up. The sea was very rough, with driving rain, and Mr. Davies knew that there was little chance of regaining the anchored boat, wind and tide being both against him, and he was unaware of any other boat being in the vicinity.

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