A Few Close Calls

The Philadelphia Inquirer Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 01 Jun 1908, Mon  •  Page 3
Narrowly Escaped Drowning When Their Canoe Went Over Falls
Special to The Inquirer.
TRENTON. N. J., May 31

C. W. Cook and A. M. Houston, of Philadelphia, narrowly escaped drowning today at Lambertville while on the annual cruise of the Atlantic division of the National Canoeing Association. Their canoe capsized while they were going over a dangerous falls. Members of the Red Dragon Canoe Club of Philadelphia are on the cruise.

The Philadelphia Inquirer 1909 Apr 03 Page 1
Men Rescued in Delaware River After Craft Had Upset, by Steamboat Attracted by Locomotive on Shore

By the vigorous blowing of a shifting .engine whistle by Engineer Charles Snyder, of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Oliver Tillard, of New Britain, Conn., George Stark, of Cedar Rapids, Mich., and Glenwood Otwell, of Laurel, Delaware, were saved yesterday afternoon from drowning in the Delaware River, near Tacony.

The three young men are optical students. Tillard is also a member of the Red Dragon Canoe Club. Yesterday afternoon, tempted by the spring weather, he invited his two companions to take a canoeing trip on the Delaware. After paddling up the stream for about an hour, with the feeble running tide, the canoe was capsized by a sudden gust of wind and the three men were thrown into the water. All of the party are fairly good swimmers, but the cold water and the keen wind, together with their clothing, soon had them at great disadvantage. They endeavored to keep afloat by hanging on to the bottom of the canoe. The frail craft, however, was unable to withstand the weight of three and was submerged almost continuously.

The struggles of the men were witnessed by Engineer Snyder, and, quickly uncoupling the cars he was shifting, he ran his engine to a point along the river about opposite to where the three young men were struggling to keep afloat. The engineer observed the steamboat Edwin H. Fitler leaving Riverton on the opposite side of the river. By giving three sharp blasts of the engine whistle he succeeded in attracting the attention of Pilot John Bell, of the steamboat, who rang up full speed in the engine room, and steered the craft into the direction of the struggling men

The relief did not come a moment too soon, as the men were rapidly becoming benumbed by the cold water. They were hastily pulled aboard by the deck hands, and carried to the engine room. They were revived and given dry clothing and landed near the Red Dragon Canoe Club house. Engineer Snyder and other Pennsylvania trainmen assisted in carrying them to the club house and medical assistance was summoned from Tacony.

Late last night the three were reported to be resting comfortably.

The Morning Call Paterson, New Jersey 19 Sep 1911, Tue  •  Page 4


Probably everybody has heard of boats so nicely balanced that if the oarsman shifted the chew of tobacco from one side of his mouth to the other there would be a capsize. Something like this is reported from Beverly, in this state, where on Sunday afternoon, Miss Emma Hartung and Miss Mary Craythorn, of that place, came near losing their lives while they were enjoying a box of chocolates in a canoe on the Delaware. One of them passed the box to the other, and the delicately balanced canoe turned turtle and plunged them, with the host, Thomas Dann, into the water.

Neither of the girls could swim, but Mr. Dann, who is an athlete and plays on the local baseball team, fought desperately to get them to shore, and had almost succeeded when his strength failed him. All were sinking and would have drowned had it not been for the timely arrival of a passing launch of the Red Dragon club, of Wissinoming. The launch hurried to the rescue and its occupants dragged the struggling girls from the water. Two men in a rowboat rescued Mr. Dann. Beyond the ducking and the loss of her pumps and hair puffs by Miss Hartung, the young women were none the worse for their thrilling experience.

(somehow I have an idea that they were not all that thrilled)

The Bristol Daily Courier Bristol, Pennsylvania 29 Jun 1925, Mon • Page 1

Bristol Girl Rescues Boy from Drowning

Miss Winifred Hussey goes to aid of lad at Beverly

Though held in the vise-like grip of a drowning person, Winifred Hussey, of Dorrance Street rescued an unidentified 10-year old boy from almost certain death in the Delaware River Friday afternoon.

Mis Hussey, a graduate nurse, together with Miss Lois Hawthorne and Miss Stout, also graduate nurses of Philadelphia and Mrs Jessie Fine, of Bristol, was paddling a canoe on the river at Beverly, N.J. at a point opposite the Red Dragon Canoe Club when they saw several boys struggling in the water an effort to save a companion.

The boy could swim, he dived from the canoe club float anchored not far from shore, but he swam in to thè channel and was swiftly carried out with the tide. There were no men around and no grown person excepting the girls in thecanoe who were paddling up stream.

The companions of the bov when they saw the canoe called out and the girls immediately set about to effect the rescue, all being expert swimmers. Miss Fine caltailed to the boy to allow himself to go with tide and they would pick him up but apparently he did not hear her for he kept up hisfrantic efforts to battle his way against the tide to shore until he beeame exhausted and sank. He had gone down for the second time when the canoe came alongside. Miss Hussey seeing they were going to pass the struggling boy, rolled out of the canoe without upsetting it, and swam to his side. Although the boy, by this time, was desperate and fastly losing consciousness rendering the rescue more difficult. Miss Hussey made no effort to strike the bov, as is the unusual course to be followed in such cases. She knew her companions were close at hand with the canoe and felt this was unnecessary.

Consequently she allowed the boy as he was going down for the third time, to grab her around the neck with his arms and fasten his legs about her waist. Notwithstanding her burden she swam around until Miss Fine paddled alongside with the canoe. Grabbing the end of the boat she and the the boy were dragged into shore. Resuscitation revived the boy who afterwards suffered greatly from the shock of his experience.

Miss Hussey, very modest about her part in the rescue, felt that she had only done what any other person who could swim, would have done under similar circumstances. Miss Hussey is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Hussey and a sister of Dr. George A. Hussey, Jr. Miss Fine is a daughter of former County Treasurer William K Fine. Both girls are well known in local aquatic circles.