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08-21-2008 07:30 PM  12 years ago
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RC Heli helps to save a life
Not at all playing down the sad news regarding the 5 year old boy's tragedy in Brazil. Just sharing a true story that happened this last January in Seattle.
Just finished my TREX 500 build and wanted to dial in the gyro in a secluded field not far from a pond in a local park where I play disc golf.
The pond was frozen over but not thick ice. School kids were daring each other to go out on the ice. When I finished adjusting my gyro, as I was walking back past the pond sure enough, one kid fell through in the middle about 35 feet from any part of the shore. I stood there for a moment waiting and wanting to see all his friends make an attempt to rescue their friend. He was going under and only one hand would reach out of the water and his fingers wiggle slowly just like you would watch in the movies. Then he would surface and go back down, under longer each time. His friends did absolutely nothing, didn't even get their pretty white shoes wet! I ran and found a branch to be able to reach further once I reach my limit in the water. About that time a young adult showed up and we both went in. The ice broke easily as I blazed toward him. When the ice was pressing up against my cheek that was as far as I was able to and willing to go. Flopped the branch over my head which broke the ice between us. I really did not think the kid would be strong enough to grab the end of it.
But he grabbed it, and between me and the other adult we were able to dig into the muck and drag him out. One person would have not been able to get him out.
The fire department rescue said 30 more seconds in the water and he would not had made it. Body temp was WAY low.
That's it, not looking for applause at ALL. Just thought it should be mentioned for the records. No, the heli itself did not save the kid but I would not have been in that place at that time if I did not have one.
I called Ron at Ron's heli South to tell him the heli I purchased from his store saved this kids life. Just to share the good feeling.

No capes!
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08-21-2008 08:19 PM  12 years ago


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Great Job!!!
I guess those kids never saw "It's a Wonderful Like" Where Geaorge Bailey and his friends formed a human chain to save George's kid brother Harry from falling through the ice.
08-21-2008 08:21 PM  12 years ago

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thats awesome man! way to go, nice to see a fellow man willing to step in and help out another fellow man. Its the way life should be!"what goes up must come down," hopefully in one piece!
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