Rescue was collaborative effort

Letter to the editor 6/6/13 edition

June 5, 2013 

Dear Editor,

Thank you for the May 30 story describing the near drowning incident that occurred at Bass Lake May 23. As my name was mentioned in the story, I felt it incumbent on me to write.

In this incident, as in any response by emergency personnel in our Mountain Area, this rescue was a collaborative effort involving several agencies. Boat registration booth manager Marylin Gauthier initially confirmed the presence of a subject in the water. Deputy Roger Kendle was the other officer who responded and requested the immediate response of the other assisting agencies. Without his participation, we would not have had the same result.

California Highway Patrol officer Maniord responded with oxygen that I believe was critical to the outcome. Sierra Ambulance personnel took over the care of the patient and their rapid response and transport to Life Flight was also essential in getting the injured subject to a medical care facility in a timely manner.

That we have so many positive results involving injured and ill patients in our relatively remote areas is a tribute to the willingness of all the agencies to provide services to our community.

Deputy M. Gauthier

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