I was in on this one, as the first of the Dept to arrive. For once events are depicted pretty much as to how they happend. And like it reads: A lot of things went "right" on this one. It has been reported that it was at least 15 minutes between when the couple found her and when she was extracted from the water.. she has no memory of how long she was in before that.
Australian tourist rescues teen from icy Spectacle Lake
By Jennifer Hourihan News Leader Mar 09 2005
A Malahat teenager is recovering from a fall through thin ice over Spectacle Lake, after she was rescued by an Australian tourist.
Jennifer Fitzgerald, 13, had been walking her dog along the lakeside on Saturday afternoon when the animal broke away and ran onto the ice.
She ran out after him and both slipped through the thin spring ice about 20 feet from shore.
Fortunately, Craig Isaac and his girlfriend, visitors from Australia who had been staying at the nearby Malahat Mountain Inn and gone for a walk at the lake, spotted her.
Isaac ran into the water, pushing through the ice, to get Fitzgerald out, while his girlfriend ran to the nearest house - which happened to be that of Jason Dixon, a former member of the Malahat fire department.
"I was sitting at home watching TV when all of a sudden this person was at my door banging and saying a girl's fallen through the ice," Dixon said.
Dixon grabbed his cell phone and called 911 while running to the lake.
Isaac was pulling Fitzgerald and her dog out of the water when Dixon arrived, and they set about trying to revive the girl.
"When I got to her she was almost unconscious, she wasn't responding to questions," Dixon said.
They covered her with jackets to keep her warm and then began carrying her from the bushy area around the lake back to the road.
Firefighters arrived and used a firefighter's four-wheel drive vehicle to get the girl up the rough road to a waiting ambulance.
An air ambulance had been dispatched to the area as well, but paramedics determined the regular ambulance would get her to the hospital faster. The Australian couple slipped away once the ambulance arrived.
Fitzgerald was taken to Victoria General Hospital and treated to raise her body temperature. She was released later that day.
Dixon said she has sore muscles and some scratches from the dog struggling with her in the water, but is recovering.
"She's just very lucky there somebody down there at the lake," he said. "A whole bunch of things went right that day."
© Copyright 2005 Duncan News Leader and Pictorial
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03-09-2005, 03:17 PM #1
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03-09-2005, 04:44 PM #2
Good save Rick (and Jason)a great morale shot in the arm for the Dept I'm sure too.United Kingdom branch, IACOJ.
03-09-2005, 05:01 PM #3
Maybe just what the doctor ordered to heal some wounds up there.
03-09-2005, 06:31 PM #4
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