New York, NY Nurses Drown, June 1912

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TWO NURSES DROWN IN RIVER.

CAUGHT BY CURRENTS WHILE BATHING AT WARD'S ISLAND.

New York, N. Y. -- MISS MARGARET HUGHES,
20 years old, a nurse in the Manhattan State Hospital on Ward's Island, went in bathing about 6:30 o'clock last evening. The young woman went out at a point opposite Astoria where the currents are treacherous and swift running. She had gone out about thirty feet when she was caught in a powerful eddy. The nurse struggled to reach shore, shouting for help.
On shore, watching her, was MISS ELEANOR O'ROURKE, another nurse. At the first cry from her companion MISS O'ROURKE waded in and started swimming to the rescue. She reached MISS HUGHES and was bringing her ashore when she, too, was caught in the current, and, though she was a good swimmer, was carried off shore. She shouted for help. At the other end of the island some thirty nurses were in bathing. Attracted by the cries, they started toward the two women.
Before they got to them both had gone down. The police were notified and Sergeant Hoag of Harbor Squad B and three men were sent to the island in a launch. They grappled for the bodies and about 10 o'clock last night recovered that of MISS HUGHES. MISS O'ROURKE'S body was not recovered.
Both women had been on the island about two years. MISS O'ROURKE was 35 years old.

New York Times New York 1912-06-14