A Washington 911 dispatcher sent her mom
to help rescue a stranded kayaker on the Columbia River Sunday.
Raedyn Grasseth, dispatcher and spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, received a call Sunday afternoon from a 45-year-old boater whose kayak had sank near a jetty in the river. The boater, whose companion had gone to seek help, was reportedly stranded on a log piling.
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"Jetties are very dangerous. The currents around them are horrible," Grasseth told Washington's Daily News. "It sounds like her kayak just got sucked toward the jetty and went down."
Grasseth first notified the sheriff's office, which dispatched an officer. Then, Grasseth realized her family, who lived close by that area and owned boats, could probably reach the stranded kayaker faster than the officers, so she called her mother.
"I knew they could be there within five to 10 minutes," Grasseth told the Daily News.
Cindy Faubion, Grasseth's mother, is an experienced kayaker and quickly paddled to the area with a skiff and rescued the stranded woman. The boater was shaken up, but did not need medical attention, according to the Daily News.
Emergency responders said the woman didn’t appear to have much boating experience and wasn’t familiar with the waterways.
It's quick thinking emergency workers like Grasseth who save the lives of people in trouble. Last month, an off-duty Chicago police officer jumped into the Des Plaines River
to rescue a 7-year-old boy.
In January, a woman and her 2-year-old son were rescued
from the River Thames by emergency personnel who made it onto the scene just minutes after the call for help came in.
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