Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 07:26:16 :
San Rafael Independent
Tuesday, July 3, 1928
Air Race For Life of Marin Boy Is Futile
Son of Mill Valley Residents Dies Following Plunge Into Clear Lake
In spite of nine hours of work over the body of Douglas Nye, 9-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas A. Nye of Eldridge avenue, Mill Valley, who fell into the waters of Clear Lake yesterday at nine a.m., the boy was pronounced dead at 6 o’clock, although he was breathing when taken out after eighteen minutes in the water.
After it was found that there was no pulmotor in Lake county, the boy’s father, who was notified in San Francisco, appealed to Fire Chief Thomas R. Murphy of San Francisco, who directed George McEntee, a member of the rescue squad, to fly to Clear Lake Park with the inhalator. Virgil Cline, in Bob Hancock’s biplane, the American Eagle, took McEntee to the scene of the accident. R. W. Garrett of San Francisco, who had heard of the accident, later took off from Mills Field withMartin Jensen in his plane, the Aloha, and assisted in the rescue work, which proved to be futile. The flyers arrived there at 4 o’clock and worked continuously until 6.
The father, who rushed to Lake county by automobile, arrived at the summer home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Nelson of Mill Valley, where the boy was a guest, just as hope of saving the boy’s life had been abandoned.
The funeral was held this afternoon at 1:30 at the Nye home in Mill Valley under the direction of Keaton & Dusel. Interment took place in San Francisco.
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