-Photos-Homeless in Daring Rescue

John Lionheart (johnlionheart@mailcity.com)
Fri, 18 Jun 1999 08:33:21 -0700


ALBANY HOMELESS MAKE DARING RESCUE 
Story and Pictures: http://ipoet.com/FEATURES/TREES/RESCUE.html

Dateline: June 14, 1999
Location: Albany Bulb Landfill; near Albany, California
Reporter: John Lionheart

Excerpt: Sunset yesterday saw a heroic group of Albany landfill residents working frantically in the fading light to rescue a cold swimmer who had developed severe cramps and taken emergency refuge on a floating dock some 240 feet from the western shore. In a race against hypothermia and an incoming fog bank, the resourceful residents quickly appropriated a small kayak, inflated an inner tube, and fashioned a long tether from odd lengths of rope. Other residents yelled out encouragement to the frightened young man locked in chilly agony on the windswept dock. With Walter chest deep in the freezing surf extending the maximum tether and *Animal* carefully paddling the kayak, Robert, Mark and the rest the crew managed to deliver the inner tube to the swimmer and put him on it and get him safely towed back to the shore. A couple hours spent cozily recuperating in front of a driftwood fire left the grateful swimmer happier than before. "I've been feeling bad lately," he had said earlier, "I've been abused a lot."  But he was much cheered that "these guys saw me as somebody worth rescuing." 

PICTURES AND FULL STORY, goto: 

http://ipoet.com/FEATURES/TREES/RESCUE.html

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