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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 05:55 PM

Prison inmates jump in to rescue three boys who capsized kayak in creek

Prisoners working in a nearby park helped save three boys whose kayak overturned in a Washington state creek, fire officials said Thursday.

Three brothers -- ages 8, 10 and 16 -- were floating down Salmon Creek near Salmon Creek Regional Park Wednesday afternoon when their kayak overturned, Clark County Fire District 6 Chief Jerry Green told NBC News. The park is in Washington state just north of Portland, Ore.

Ten prison inmates from the Larch Corrections Center near Yacolt, Wash., were doing park maintenance when they heard screams for help and responded quickly, fire officials told The Columbian newspaper in Vancouver, Wash.

Inmate Nelson Pettis, 37, jumped into the strong current, floating downstream until he could grab the two younger boys and help them to a pile of floating debris, according to the newspaper.

"I don't think I was thinking at all," Pettis told The Columbian. "I was just really concentrating on getting them to safety."



http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/31/16794068-prison-inmates-jump-in-to-rescue-three-boys-who-capsized-kayak-in-washington-creek?lite

Good on them for saving those boys!

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YoungDemCA Feb 2013 OP
lumberjack_jeff Feb 2013 #1
Ilsa Feb 2013 #2
Nay Feb 2013 #3
nick of time Feb 2013 #4
klook Feb 2013 #5
freshwest Feb 2013 #10
abelenkpe Feb 2013 #6
Honeycombe8 Feb 2013 #7
surrealAmerican Feb 2013 #8
JI7 Feb 2013 #9

Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 05:58 PM

1. The kind of inmates who do park maintenance generally don't belong in prison.

convicted of possession or other stupid shit.

Good job, guys.

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Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 06:03 PM

2. That was very brave of them.

They could have been swept away and drowned, or drowned during the hands-on part of the rescue. A drowning person can overcome a rescuer, not realizing what they are doing.

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Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 07:06 PM

3. The rescuers were selfless and wonderful. Good for them!

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Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 07:08 PM

4. They should be considered for time off of their sentences.

 

A very brave thing to do.

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Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 07:36 PM

5. Wonderful

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"I don't think we're heroes by any means," inmate Fowler told The Columbian. "I think we just did what any good person would do."

This is true, of course, but i can't help thinking that's what real heroes always say.

Nice to hear this story - thanks for posting.

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Response to klook (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 08:48 PM

10. +1,000

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Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 07:49 PM

6. Nice story! nt

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Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 08:03 PM

7. Karma. Good things will ultimately come to them. A selfless act. nt

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Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 08:06 PM

8. Good thing they were there.

Young children, strong currents, this could have been a horrible tragedy.

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Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 08:13 PM

9. reading the subject line made me think of jean valjean

maybe because the movie is in the news so much.

i wonder what they are in prison for. in the article it says the inmates at that prison are in there for non violent offenses and for those who get 4 years or less.

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