Peter Boyle, a lookout on the steamer Petoskey, was drowned in attempting to rescue a woman who had been thrown into the water by the capsizing of the Eastland.
...gave his life in the effort to save others....
According to officers of the Petoskey, Boyle dived from one of the life boats while it was being lowered, and when it was still about fifteen feet from the water. He did not come to the surface, and it is not known whether he was clutched by one of the victims and held beneath the surface, or was stunned by striking some object.
Captain Petrosky and his associates were much affected by the death of Lookout Boyle who gave his life in the effort to save others. The young man was about 26 years of age and lived at 110 E. Illinois Street, Chicago.
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