Pittsburgh, PA Ohio River Drowning, Apr 1948

Death Cheated Once by Man, But Not Twice

PITTSBURGH, (AP)---Howard Miller, 31, cheated death once yesterday. But death won its second chance.

Miller was saved from plunging over the 10-foot high Emsworth dam yesterday afternoon when his distressed motor boat was sighted by a young aviatrix who flew to his rescue.

Roberta Wassel, 20 year old flight instructor, landed her pontoon cub 10 feet from Miller's new $3,000 boat as the craft headed toward the dam. She tossed him a line and towed the boat to safety.

Miller explained that the boat's motor had failed and he was powerless to do anything as the craft was swept by the current toward the dam.

Two hours later, Miller again took the boat out into the Ohio river. He opened her up at a 63-mile-an-hour speed. The boat overturned. Miller drowned. The body has not yet been recovered.

The Post Standard, Syracuse, NY 19 Apr 1948

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