2001-07-14 / Letters

A Good Catch

A Good Catch

Dear Editor,

On June 27 while fishing in the vicinity of the Crossbay Bridge, I noticed a helicopter circling the bridge. It made two passes then lowered to the water and two divers jumped in. When I looked around, I noticed that there were no other boats in the area so I raced over on my boat to find four people in the water. As I circled around, I threw a line to one of the divers to help them hoist up the two injured girls who apparently hit the bridge on their jet ski. As I looked directly into the eyes of one of the divers, I told him to bring the injured up onto my boat. I lifted the first up into my boat and then the second. I asked the divers to come aboard but they chose to wait for the returning helicopter.

Having the injured aboard, I looked to the land and signaled to the EMS that I would bring them to the pier of the Bridge Café. When we reached land, I tied up the boat and was met by the EMT. The girls were then attended to and transported to the hospital. One police officer took my name and the registration number off my boat. Nothing else was said.

By this time, I untied my boat and pulled away. As I returned to my fishing, I thought about what had happened. I realized that not a thank you was said – not by the girls (they were in shock) but by any of the other "heroes".

Oh well—that’s what fishing is all about. You never know what you’re going to catch! Good fishing.

CAPTAIN OF THE STRIPER


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