from Courier Journal, Louisville, KY
Friday 2 Feb 1932
Submitted by Gaye Hill
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Mrs. Hazel Mathers Sinks In Ohio River At New Albany
Would-Be Rescuer Helped to Shore
While her sister tried vainly to rescue her, Mrs. Hazel Mathers, 23 years old, 141 West Main Street, New Albany, drowned at 9:10 o'clock Thursday night in the Ohio River at State Street, New Albany.
Mrs. Mathers had gone to the water front to see her husband, who is a barge watchman. She slipped while attempting to jump a three-foot gap between a derrick and one of the barges.
As Mrs. Mathers fell, her sister leaped in to rescue her, but was unable to reach her.
The sister, Miss Catherine Stamper, 22, had recently reached New Albany from her home in Ohio, and had accompanied Mrs. Mathers to the water front.
Mr. Mathers did not see the accident, but was attracted to the scene by the screams. When he arrived, Mrs. Mathers had sunk. Mr. Mathers and other men nearby aided Miss Stamper, and entered a skiff and tried to recover the body of the drowned woman. They used an improvised grappling hook and brought the body to the surface fifteen minutes later.
Members of the New Albany Fire Department tried vainly to revive Mrs. Mathers. Dr. Frank T. Tyler, Floyd County Coroner, was called.
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