Young Officer Gives His Life to Recue Another Who Was drowning
When the troop-ship Birkenhead was lost, a young officer, Alexander Cumine Russell, commanded one of the boats carrying the women and children. He saw a sailor’s body swimming above the waves close to the boat. There was not room for a single person more, but a woman in the boat cried in agony: “Save him! He is my husband!” Russell looked at the woman and her children and the struggling sailor, then plunged into the water and helped the man to what had been his own place of safety. He disappeared from view among the angry waves and the hungry sharks. (Source Unknown).