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Skipper Tells Of Pend Oreille Rescue

Skipper Lawrence Killingsworth of the sailboard Ta' Ata Ori, which is moored at Bayview, tells of a dramatic rescue of two other sailboaters on Lake Pend Oreille near Bayview Saturday. The information is posted on Herb Huseland's Bayviews:

As we headed back toward Bayview around noon, the wind picked up and slowly built to around 20 knots, from the south. I was at the helm, the rest of the crew tidying up the boat, making preparations to take the sails off and get TAO ready for the coming winter. I noticed a small sailboat, about 1/2 mile off our port beam that seemed to be in a bit of trouble. As I watched, the boat capsized and then “turtled.” (Turned completely upside down, with the mast pointed toward China.) The crew of two was in the water. (Water temp about 60 degrees.) I immediately changed course and the TAO crew went into full “rescue mode.” By the time we reached the turtled boat, we had the boarding ladder down, the dinghy ready, boat hooks, life jackets and horseshoe buoys in hand and towels and warm blankets waiting. More here.

Question: Have you ever been in need of rescue?

Woman Offers $100 For Cat Rescue

Everyone knows that when a cat gets stuck in a tree, firefighters rescue it. At least that’s what happens in the movies. But when Karen Fishburn and her neighbors heard a cat in a tree Saturday, then finally spotted the animal in the top of an 80-foot pine near Ray Street and East 17th Avenue Sunday evening, things didn’t go quite so smoothly. “I got the binoculars out and I could see him,” said Fishburn, who lives on 17th Avenue near the tree. “He was just a little black dot.” She walked to nearby Fire Station 14, hoping that firefighters would rush over and rescue the cat, but was turned away. Monday morning, the cat was still in the tree and it was still meowing. “That’s when I emailed the Mayor’s office,” said Fishburn. “I just really wanted someone to help get the cat out of that tree”/Pia Hallenberg, SR. More here. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

Question: Would you pay someone $100 to rescue your cat from a tree? (Yeah, I know that Karen Fishburn paid that much to rescue a stray.)

8 Rescued On Lake Pend Oreille

Timberlake Fire posted the following on Herb Huseland's Bay Views blog this weekend, after the department and the U.S. Navy took part in the rescue of 8 individuals, including 3 elderly people, and three dogs who had ignored storm warnings on Lake Pend Oreille and nearly sank:

“Apparently of the eight passengers aboard three were elderly and had trouble climbing out of the sinking craft. Paying absolutely no attention to the widely circulated Thunderstorm warnings which went out over all weather channels including marine channel 16.   When the storm hit high waves estimated at 6 to 8 feet were pounding against the heavily loaded craft. This caused water to enter the front vents. When the fire district boat arrived the sinking craft was kind of beached near the Cement Plant on the south shore of Lake Pend Oreille, Why they didn't even look up at the sky as the storm neared is a mystery. Apparently many adults do not have the basic survival training needed to safely cruise the unpredictable waters of the lake.” Entire post here.

Question: Why do people regularly ignore Nature's danger signs & get themselves in trouble?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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