he did swim and got beaten with oars when he tried to get into the lifeboat by a first class woman who was afraid of more people getting in and sinking the lifeboat. He had to jump off the titanic and swim, then he later got yelled at more for helping the women that are mentioned. Many on the lifeboat were afraid of it sinking everyone. I know this because I am his great grandaughter. My grandfather, Joseph Duquemin Jr., told me this.