Atlantic City, NJ Drowning Rescue, Jul 1911

Philadelphia Bather Rescued From Ocean

Special to The Inquirer.
Atlantic City, N.J., July 16.-John Calahan, a Philadelphia visitor, was near death in the ocean off Tennessee avenue late this afternoon, when he was gripped by the strong undertow near a jetty and carried rapidly to sea. His shouts for heap were heard by bathers near the shore, who relayed the calls to the life guards.

Guards Hall and Miller put out with the boat, and swimmers among the bathers started for the drowning man. Crowds along the Boardwalk and beach gathered by hundreds along the water’s edge to watch the work of rescue and the railing of the Boardwalk was lined for squares.

Miller dived from the boat as it came abreast the spot where Calahan had gone under. He brought his man to the surface unconscious. With the help of Hall, he pulled him into the boat and then jumped to his oars. The pair raced to the beach against death.

Calahan was quickly carried to the hospital tent where Chief Beck took him in charge. It was three-quarters of an hour before the victim responded to resuscitation. It was the closest call handled by the beach surgeons during the season.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 17 Jul 1911