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Old 08-21-2010, 01:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This morning about 6:45 am near light 49 on the San Jauqiun River my fishing partner and best friend Vic Hershberger (aka Flyin V) and I came across a Red Basscat floating with no persons aboard!!!

First instinct!!! that does not look right and there are four to five foot rollers everywhere let's check this out. Vic Slows down while I stand up to look for any bodies nearby, as we near the wayword boat I spot one floating body about a hundred yards from the boat. As we near the first floating person I spot another floating victom about 30 yards away!!! Both have Muststang PFD's that WORKED!!!!

We rescue the woman first she is shaken cold and wounded, she tells us that the the man/husband cannot swim and is hurt. We head towards the man, I reach out over the bow and grasp his hand, Vic works him towards the back of the Ranger to the boarding ladder, and with a weird calmness about us we just rescued two people from the graps of near death.

I get on the cell and call 911 as Vic heads for the wayword Basscat,
I get in touch with 911 support but the coverage goes in and out as we head to the boat. I do give my name and cell number to the rescue person on the phone, we loose connection again.

Vic gets us to the wayword Basscat and I board the boat and it started!!!! holy ****!!!, Vic heads to get the hurt victoms to Korth's Pirate lair's launch I follow in the victoms boat. While I am following in the basscat my cell rings it is med support calling me back. I calmly describe what has transpired and I am told medical support will meet us at Pirate's Lair.

What a day!!! my hopes and prayers go out to Mary and her husband as he seemed to have many broken bones. This couple was here from Nevada fishing a low key couples event out of B&W marina.

Wearing PFD Life vests saved the lives of these two today!!!

Vic and I are still a bit awe struck about what transpired saving a life is not a daily routine event!!!

Thanks Vic we done Good today, better than any 20 lb sack on any day!!!

By the way we did not ever get a line wet today, are work was done on the water.

I will never forget the look in the eyes of these two victoms as I/WE reached out to grasp them from the water!! Truely priceless!!

WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKETS AND USE THE KILL SWITCH, IT WORKS!!
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Old 08-21-2010, 01:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Great job guys, you couldn't ask for a better outcome.

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Old 08-21-2010, 02:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well done sir
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Old 08-21-2010, 02:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You gentlemen represent all that is good about fishermen and sportmen in general. There's nothing that can compare to saving another's life. Take a lot of pride in what you did. All the accolades you'll receive could never compare to how you should feel about yourselves. Hopefully others will heed your advice.

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WoW Mark, what a spooky feeling to see a boat without people in, thank god you were there in time to do a rescue. Thank you for the reminder, I wear that PFD every time on the water. You just never know when bad things happen, well done sir and to the victims god speed on your recovery
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Old 08-21-2010, 03:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Great job guys, you couldn't ask for a better outcome.

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You men deserve a lot of congratulations.
Job well done.
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Outstanding gentlemen!
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Old 08-21-2010, 04:07 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Like +1000 what nighthawk said... I can honestly say Ive been at the other end of the spectrum when rescuing someone and it didn't have a happy ending due to them not wearing PFD.s It really sucks when you wish you could have been their sooner, you guys were there for a reason GREAT JOB it's good to know their are people willing to help
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Super fantastic, well done guys!
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Old 08-21-2010, 04:37 PM   #10 (permalink)
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incredible story! good karma coming your way.
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