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Young man attempts to save two others swept into waterfall in Wales

Year 1928

Read by Patrick Robbins – Supporter, Royal Humane Society

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Bowman, James P.S., Bettws-y-Coed Falls.

On the afternoon of the 25th August, 1928, two young men from Southampton, Mr. R.H. Rogers and Mr. G.H. Windsor, while viewing the falls at Bettws-y-Coed slipped into the foaming turmoil of whirlpools and rapids below the upper part of the Swallow Falls, and were swept over the lower falls and lost to sight amid the deep pools and rocks in the gorge some 50 feet below.

Mr. James P.S. Bowman, age 21, was at that moment on the rock which juts out just below the first fall, and saw one man being carried away. Throwing off his coat he jumped in, and was at once hurled on his back by the force of the water, and driven back on to the boulders at the head of the second falls. He succeeded, however, in clutching the hair of one man, but in a moment they disappeared and were all carried out of sight down the second fall. Ultimately Mr. Bowman managed, after a desperate struggle, to scramble to the bank of the river about half a mile lower down, much bruised, the two other men being drowned.

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