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A GALLANT RESCUE.

I Saturday's Ghrlutchorch "Telegraph" says that on Thursday, four of the apprentices of the barque Cormorant were engaged late la the afternoon m ohlpplr-g ibe vjbbb.'b Bide, aud bad oome on to the deck of the vessel to g^t their ollskln9 aad sea hoots on, as tt-waa raining ;very heavily, golDg into the pant again, m whloh they were working, to go on wlih their work. Their names wore Vy\ Tesseyman, 0. H Blanchard, 0 P. Gr*ham. and W. Pluggo. After they had been at <*ork aome time it came on to blow vary hard and a fierce sea was rolling m the basin, breaking on board the punt whloh, without any warning whatever, taik f ora under them, the four being praoipltated into the water. Oq oomlng to the surfsos Tesseym n, Blanchard, and Plug, e nude an attempt to ewim for the gangway ladder, but the Impedimenta and sea boots, filled with water, birred all efforts In that direction, and, bb the freed pant just then came to the surface, they caught hold of it, and olang on antil it had drlf tad to the ■tern of the vessel, where the ship's boat was lying, eventually, after mnoh trouble, getting Into her. Their cries for help were heard on board the batque. Matters, with 0» P. Graham, another ocouptnt of the punt, were, however, not bo easy. He oame to the surface, and as he was not able to swim, Bank again. It was Impossible for those who were In the punt j with him to assist, as they had as much a& they could do to Bave themselves. At this juncture an ordinary ■eaman named H. Mitchell, seeing the straits Graham was m immediately jumped off the vessel's . side to tie rescue, and caught hold of him, keeping him, up, However, his powers failed him, a r d he had as mnch as he could do to get to the gangway ladder and get on board. The work of saving Graham's life was then left to another apprentice, named Lawson Robins, who seeing that Mitchell's efforts were futile, jumped into the water and caught bold of Greham, and swam with him to the chip's side, when a rope was lowered, which he p^esed round his helpless sb'pma'e, and by which he was hauled on deck, and after some time brought roand, Robins swimming to the gangway ladder, and getting on board that way. There is not the slightest doubt but that for the gallantry of Lawson Bobinp, who, without a moment's hesitation, plunged Into the sea afUr Graham, that, Instead of recording a saving of life, it would have been our painful duty to have recorded a fatality. His noble action In this matter deserves every praise, and we hope the attention of the Boyal Humane Society will be called to the case. We may say his sge Is seventeen years, and hs is a native of Hull.

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A GALLANT RESCUE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1995, 13 November 1888

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A GALLANT RESCUE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1995, 13 November 1888

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