Pittsburgh, PA Ohio River Ferry Boat Accident, May 1909

IN ICY WATER

TWENTY OUT OF THIRTY WORKMEN DROWNED

While Crossing River to Their Homes After Day's Labor.

THRILLING TALES TOLD BY THOSE

Who Were Rescued by Men Who Came to Them in Boats

Just in Nick of Time to Save Them From Watery Grave.

Pittsburg, May 12.----Survivors of last night's accident in which twenty men were drowned tell thrilling stories of their experiences. When the gasoline launch in which the men were crossing the river to their homes after completing their day's work, lengthened by over-time, left the shore it had thirty men crowded into a space that was not meant to hold more than twenty.

Following is a corrected list of the twenty persons missing:

GEORGE THOMPSON,
FRANK "BOOTS" NELD,
JAMES COTTER,
WALTER LOWE,
THOMAS KENNEDY,
WILLIAM GOTHERIDGE,
HENRY VOEGLEI,
OSCAR RUSKY,
WILLIAM DAVIS,
ALBERT GRAHAM,
AUGUST WOLFE,
GEORGE SPICELIN,
AUGUST POPE,
DENNIS MURPHY,
LOUIS GOLDSTEIN,
WILLIAM BURKE,
JOSEPH LYLE, CHARLES COPESS,
WILLIAM DAVIS

Harry Gotheridge, one of the survivors, whose another was lost, said, when he was brought to shore. We had got about one-third of the distance across the river when I suddenly felt as if I were sinking. In another minute I felt the cold water about my knees and my companions were squirming and yelling in the other end of the boat where the engine was, and that made it all the worse. Albert Graham, who was running the boat, shut down the power, but it was too late. I looked at Graham and noticed he was very pale, but he did not say a word. My brother and I, who are both good swimmers, started to get loose from the boat, and I yelled to him to dive. We went overboard and came up together. He made a grab for me, out I was suddenly dragged under water by a fellow who grasped me by the waist and I went down the second time.

"I was pulled under the water and had just time enough to take a breath as we went down. Under the surface the men let me go and I came up to the top and began to swim for shore, when a skiff came up and I was pulled on board. All this happened in about three minutes and I have not seen my brother or heard anything about him since."

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