Smith, James - July 15, 1956 drowning

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Smith, James - July 15, 1956 drowning - 'I Just Couldn't Get Him to Shore A gallant...
'I Just Couldn't Get Him to Shore A gallant attempt by a 13-year-old 13-year-old 13-year-old 13-year-old 13-year-old boy to save his friend from drowning in the Detroit River failed Wednesday Wednesday morning. Danny Pace, of 189 W. Grand Blvd., plunged into murky water at the foot of Eighteenth St. and nearly drowned as he tried to rescue Jimmy Smith, 12, of 3619 VV. Lafayette. Danny told police he managed managed to get a grip on Jimmy's arm as the latter thrashed In deep water. "But he slipped away and went under," Danny said. jewelers since 1861 (JmfDOviecl &nglisli "I warned him not to go out in the water because I knew he didn't know how to swim." THE BODY of the Smith boy was recovered in 30 foot of water by police from the Harbormaster's office. His father, Matt Smith, was standing at the shoreline when the body was found. The boys, lifelong friends, went to the river at 9 a. m. to fish off a concrete pier alongside the Wabash car ferry, Windsor. They had only one fish pole. While Danny was fishing, Jimmy took off his shirt and waded Into the water with four other boys. Danny said his friend accidentally accidentally stepped into deep water and be-g be-g be-g a n yelling for help. Danny learned to swim in a YMCA class. H e stripped down to his shorts and plunged into . Danny the water. "I got to him before he went down but I just couldn't get him back to shore, " he said tearfully. DECK HANDS on the Windsor threw Danny a life jacket and lifLed him aboard when he began to tire in the deep water. Ben Bryant, 41, of 1S592 Dene, a wheelsman aboard the Windsor, made five dives into the water but couldn't find the Smith boy. "We went swimming quite fir. I - often at Belle Isle, Danny said, "but Jimmy never learned how. Jimmy is survived by his parents and four brothers and sisters, Juanita, Wayne, Steven and Reba. J !. ! -.J -.J J iir i i . i i A POLICEMAN holds Jimmy Smith's shirt while the police beat searches the water for him. CREDITS OFFERED Sp ciin to Get

Clipped from Detroit Free Press16 Jul 1959, ThuPage 4

Detroit Free Press (Detroit, Michigan)16 Jul 1959, ThuPage 4
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