911 Dispatcher Sends Mom, Not Police, To Rescue Boater

By: CBS News (Posted by Josh Mabry)
By: CBS News (Posted by Josh Mabry)

CATHLAMET, Wash. (CBS NEWS)-- A 911 dispatcher in Washington state called on her own mother to rescue a stranded boater in the Columbia River, knowing her mother could kayak to the area faster than sending the sheriff's office patrol boat.

The sheriff's office says a 45-year-old kayaker was hanging onto a log piling Sunday after her kayak sank in swift current near a jetty.

The Daily News reports Wahkiakum County dispatcher Raedyn Grasseth notified the sheriff's office and then realized her mother, Cindy Faubion, and other members of Grasseth's family lived nearby and could get there quicker.

They paddled to the piling in a kayak and skiff and rescued the kayaker.

The kayaker was cold and shaken but didn't need medical attention.

"She's lucky she's alive, plain and simple," Grasseth told the Daily News.

© 2013 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
631 SW Commerce Pl. Topeka, Kansas 66615 phone: 785-272-6397 fax: 785-272-1363 email: feedback@wibw.com
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 201054841