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By Paul Broks   June 2003

The man with three nipples hauled the body from the bottom of the pool. It lay limp and unresponsive despite the pumping and pounding. “How long was he under?” someone asked. Thankfully, I didn’t know; it wasn’t my shift. I’d only just arrived. We gave up, but then the old man spewed another gallon of water and wheezed back to life. According to the report, his name was Waterman.

I spent several summers working as a lifeguard. That year, it was a glassy new municipal pool in the West Midlands. As well as the man with three nipples, I was…

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